Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has spoken in private of his glowing admiration of transfer target Harry Kane, a report claims.
United head into the summer transfer window ready to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian could guide the Red Devils to second in the Premier League table, marking progress from last season. As such, the Old Trafford club have a number of squad priorities to address.
United reportedly want to sign a new world-class striker for the long-term.
Indeed, the Manchester Evening News has claimed that Erling Haaland has become their top target.
However, Spurs star Kane is also on their radar. The 27-year-old is enjoying another strong campaign, scoring 27 goals and assisting 16 others in all competitions so far.
Therefore, his signing would not come cheap, with the player also having three years left on his contract.
The newspaper claims that Woodward has ‘spoken effusively’ about the prospect of signing the striker.
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Kane is approaching the peak of his career and could well break Alan Shearer’s record for Premier League goals if he stays in the top flight.
However, the report adds that an issue with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy continues to flatten Woodward’s enthusiasm.
Man Utd chief Woodward has Levy issue
Woodward reportedly continues to show reluctance to deal with Levy.
Indeed, the United chief has avoided talking business with his fellow executive for ‘well over a decade’.
The Manchester Evening News cites the 2018 summer transfer window as one occasion where negotiations between the two broke down before starting.
Then-United boss Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Toby Alderweireld. However, when Levy responded with enquiries for Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, the manager became ‘pessimistic’.
Mourinho wanted to sell Martial in 2018 after his absence from the pre-season tour, but Woodward refused to open talks with Spurs.
In other news, United chiefs have reportedly made clear that they do not want ‘uncertainty’ over two players seeping into next season.