Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly relishing the opportunity to begin transfer talks with Tottenham for Harry Kane.
According to the Evening Standard (via Metro), Woodward is keen to put his negotiating skills to the test against Spurs chairman Daniel Levy – amid strong speculation that England skipper Kane is looking for a way out of Spurs.
Kane is said to be considering bringing his time in north London to an end, should Jose Mourinho fail to deliver silverware or a top-four finish – something that is looking increasingly likely after a huge dip in form from Tottenham in recent weeks.
It’s expected that Kane, who is currently out of action until April due to a hamstring injury, would likely fetch upwards of £100million should he be allowed to move on – with United having chased the 26-year-old for the past three seasons.
The report adds that Woodward was prepared to enter discussions with Levy when he was keen on hiring then Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, before the club ultimately decided to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the full-time job.
He has previously held talks with Levy over the transfer of Gareth Bale, but was beaten to his signature by Real Madrid.
United were willing to pay more than the £85million fee Real Madrid spent on the Wales playmaker, but Bale’s desire to move to the Santiago Bernabeu scuppered the deal.
As for Kane, much will now depend on how Tottenham finish the season and discussions or whether they plan massive investment in the summer to improve the squad and get back to challenging for top honours.
Meanwhile, Billy Sharp says Dean Henderson will be back at Sheffield United next season if he can’t dislodge David De Gea at Old Trafford.
The on-loan keeper made a brilliant treble save late on against Norwich to collect his 10th clean sheet in the Premier League and protect three points for the Blades.
Henderson, 22, signed for the Blades on a season-long loan in the summer – his second successive loan spell at Bramall Lane and his form has been sensational.
Saturday’s match-winner Sharp is a huge fan of the England Under-21 stopper and says that Henderson could return for a third spell with the club next term. Read more…