Former England and West Ham striker Sir Geoff Hurst insists Tottenham should let Harry Kane move on for the sake of the player and club.
Kane, 28, seemed intent on leaving the Tottenham Hotpsur Stadium over the summer. He has scored 227 goals for the club after making his debut a decade ago but has yet to lift any silverware. And that seemed to be his major motivation for wanting to explore new avenues.
Manchester City were the club most interested. Pep Guardiola made no secret of his desire to sign the England captain.
But, with Daniel Levy playing hardball over his valuation, the clubs could not bridge the financial gap to do a deal. Kane remained in north London but has looked a shadow of his former self.
He has yet to score a Premier League goal in 2021-2022 and drew a blank once again as Spurs beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday. He has bagged six in other competitions, including a Europa League hat-trick against NS Mura on Thursday.
However, World Cup-winning legend Hurst believes there is no point keeping a player against his will.
“To be honest with you, I get on with the Spurs players, we were great pals years ago. The thing I would say about the Spurs situation quite clearly – they should let Harry Kane go,” he told talkSPORT.
“Keeping a player who wants to move on, and maybe deserves an opportunity playing in the Champions League.
“Keeping him there with resistance is not necessarily good for the player and not necessarily good for the club. I think they should move him on, personally.”
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Hurst made 411 appearances for the Hammers in a stunning career that saw him net a hat-trick for England in the 1966 World Cup final. Spurs and West Ham are traditional capital rivals.
But the 79-year-old insists he means no disrespect to those from the north of the city when speaking of their talisman.
“Let’s get this right, I’m not being detrimental about to Spurs or the club. They are a fantastic club and I’m great pals with the players from years ago,” he added. “I never go along with this Spurs-West Ham antagonistic attitude. I never went along with that.
“I’m saying it purely as an outsider looking at the player and the club. The club is great. They have a great ground. He’s a fantastic player but I think the time is to move on and progress. It’s my humble opinion about this situation.”