Newcastle have been tipped to outbid Manchester City and break the bank for Harry Kane amid claims they are now more likely to win a trophy than Tottenham.
Kane, 28, was the subject of strong interest from reigning champions Manchester City over the summer. The centre-forward relayed his desire to lift major honours, something he has yet to do at Tottenham despite several near misses.
However, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy lived up to his reputation as a tough negotiator. Much to Pep Guardiola’s dismay, Man City’s pursuit ended in failure to leave them light of a world class striker entering the season.
Kane’s Tottenham form has been indifferent to say the least since the new campaign began. Whether thoughts of a move away in a future window is plaguing his mind, only he will know.
But speaking on talkSPORT, former Newcastle United midfielder, Darren Ambrose, has suggested the Magpies could make Levy an offer he can’t refuse.
Following their Saudi-led takeover, Newcastle are poised to splash the cash in window after window. And with a plethora of higher quality players expected to arrive en masse, Ambrose believes Newcastle are a better bet to satisfy Kane’s trophy demands more than Tottenham.
“What about Harry Kane?” Ambrose told talkSPORT while discussing Newcastle’s transfer plans (via the Sun).
“Now I say this because, are Manchester City or Chelsea going to be paying £100m-£120m in the summer.
“I don’t think they are. I think [City] went to around £130m this summer, so Newcastle will. They will go £150m-£200m.
“Say Daniel Levy puts on another ridiculously high transfer fee that nobody else is going to pay and Newcastle say, ‘OK, there’s £150m’.
“Who’s got more chance of winning a trophy at the moment? Tottenham or Newcastle right now?
“Everyone is going to say [Newcastle] now because they’re a project and they’ve got ambition.”
Newcastle prepared to pay Napoli ace’s full price
Meanwhile, Newcastle United are prepared to match Napoli’s asking price for a world class star, though a challenge on the player’s end must first be overcome, per a report.
While additions in the attacking areas often generate the most attention, defensive signings must not be overlooked. And per The Boot Room (citing Italian outlet Area Napoli), Senegalese colossus Kalidou Koulibaly is on the Magpies’ radar.
Despite turning 30, Koulibaly remains one of European football’s most imposing defenders. Indeed, Manchester United were reportedly weighing up a summer swoop before settling on Raphael Varane.
The Boot Room article claims Napoli rate Koulibaly at £42.5m. That’s not a problem for Newcastle. Their new owners are reportedly ‘willing to pay Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis the £42.5million asking price needed.’
However, before Koulibaly can be seen in black and white stripes, his own personal concern must be overcome.
The defender is said to hold reservations over joining a side that is currently slumped in 19th place. The absence of European football that would come with joining the Magpies is also duly noted.