Paper Talk: Three replacements for Kane eyed as striker looks to Spurs exit

Date published: Monday 22nd March 2021 8:19 - James Marshment

Ollie Watkins, Villa frustration

Tottenham are considering three striker signings amid fears Harry Kane will push to leave, Crystal Palace want a Juventus man, while Monday’s transfer gossip is tipping Arsenal to sign a former Liverpool playmaker.

KANE EXIT LEAVES TOTTENHAM PONDERING TRIO

Tottenham are reporedly casting their eyes over three potential replacements should they lose Harry Kane this summer.

Kane, 27, is the undoubted leader at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He may not be the club captain but is the talisman that the players look to.

His goalscoring record is phenomenal, with 214 from 326 appearances in all competitions for Spurs. He also has 32 for England and will spearhead the Three Lions’ charge at this summer’s delayed European Championship.

Recent reports have suggested that Kane may be set to leave the north Londoners this summer. Publicly he has always maintained his loyalty to Spurs but privately it’s strongly claimed he is looking to leave this summer.

His exit would leave Spurs with a simply irreplaceable hole to fill.

However, the Daily Express claims they will likely have three successors in mind were they to lose their star man.

One option the paper claims Daniel Levy could push to sign is Sergio Aguero. The Argentine is one of the few players who has a goals output as impressive as Kane’s. He will leave City after a decade’s service this summer and is available on a free.

Spurs, however, may have left any approach too late with Aguero tipped to move back to Spain with Barcelona.

Two other options do look more attainable though in the shape of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings.

Ollie Watkins wanted

The Express claims Spurs would look to Watkins as a replacement for Kane as their No 1 focus. He cost Aston Villa £27m this summer but has been an astute signing. His 12 goals in 30 matches this term have earned him a place in the England squad.

Ings has also been in the goals this season, with nine notches from 22 games.

At 28, he’s considered in the prime of his career and could leave St Mary’s this summer. Ings’ contract is due to expire summer 2022 and Saints could sell for a hefty fee if he fails to extend those terms.

ARSENAL TIPPED TO LAND PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Coutinho TEAMtalk

Arsenal could finally land Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona – because of a £20m clause in the Brazilian’s contract. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Anthony Martial this summer, according to reports. (Daily Express)

Tottenham have reportedly put Steven Gerrard on their list of potential replacements for Jose Mourinho. (Daily Express)

Manchester United could abandon their search for a new centre-back as a result of Victor Lindelof’s improvement. (Daily Express)

Sheffield United reportedly want Slavisa Jokanovic to lead the club back to Premier League next season. (Daily Mail)


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PALACE EYE JUVENTUS DEFENDER

Radu Dragusin Juventus

Crystal Palace are reportedly eyeing a deal for Juventus defender Radu Dragusin whose contract at the Serie A champions’ expires in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Roma are  concerned with Chris Smalling’s fitness after the defender missed his 20th match of the season in the 2-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains hopeful that Edinson Cavani will stay at Manchester United next season, despite ongoing doubts. (Daily Mail)

Egypt have named Mohamed Salah for the Olympics but say he won’t play and miss the start of the next Premier League season unless Liverpool agree. (The Sun)

Manchester United are eyeing a £50m-plus summer move for Wolves star Pedro Neto. (The Sun)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tammy Abraham has suffered a fresh blow in his battle to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea revolution. (The Sun)

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Edouard Mendy will miss Senegal’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because he needs a tooth operation. (The Sun)

Newcastle are scouting Accrington Stanley’s young keeper Toby Savin as they look for bright up-and-coming talent. (The Sun)

Juventus insist “best player in the world” Cristiano Ronaldo is staying put – despite another shock defeat rocking the fading Serie A champs. (The Sun)

Mikel Arteta has hailed Martin Odegaard as a leader at Arsenal, heightening claims he could sign permanently. (Daily Mirror)

Marcus Rashford will report for England duty despite his latest injury setback. (Daily Mirror)

 

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