Merson doubles down with big call over Kane Tottenham replacement

Date published: Saturday 14th August 2021 4:28 - Neil Foster

Gareth Bale and Harry Kane during Tottenham Europa League match

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Tottenham will try to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez if they sell Harry Kane to Manchester City.

Kane’s position at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is still no clearer after he finally returned to training. The England skipper had been isolating following his return from holiday. Reports that he had downed tools and refused to train appear to have been exaggerated.

And there is even a chance that he may feature for the north Londoners against Pep Guardiola’s champions on Sunday. Having bought Jack Grealish for £100m, it was thought City would not have the funds to acquire Kane as well.

Daniel Levy wants £160m for the prolific hitman. The chairman drives a hard bargain and is not one to back down.

The Times are reporting that the Citizens will table a bid of £120m next week. Whether or not that will be enough to force through a deal only time will tell.

But should the parties come to an agreement and Kane moves to the Etihad, Spurs will need a replacement.

Merson is a big fan of Jimenez. Speaking back in July, he urged Spurs to sign the Mexico international if they lost their talisman.

And the former Arsenal and England star has not changed his opinion.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Jimenez, I am a massive fan, I think he is a proper player.

“If Harry Kane leaves, I would be shocked if Nuno didn’t go for Jimenez. I think that would be the danger for Wolves.”

Nuno link could smooth Jimenez passage

Jimenez has been at Molineux for three years, the first of which was on loan from Benfica. The 30-year-old has bagged 48 goals from 110 appearances in all competitions.

But he was sidelined for the rest of last season after a clash of heads with David Luiz in November last year. He is now back in training and wearing a head protector while on the pitch.

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The former Atletico Madrid ace has worked with Nuno at the West Midlanders and the link between the two is obvious. Wolves will not want to lose their star striker.

Last season’s absence made it obvious just how much the Black Country club need him in their ranks. His age may be an issue for Levy but Nuno knows exactly what the man with 86 Mexico caps is capable of doing.

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