Former Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan has claimed that Harry Kane is likely to stay put at Tottenham as no other club would be in a position to pay the kind of transfer fee Spurs would demand for their talismanic striker.
Kane has arguably been in the form of his career so far this season as the striker has now also become Tottenham’s creator-in-chief in addition to being prolific in front of goal.
The last two weeks were a perfect demonstration of how important the 27-year-old is to the current Tottenham side as Jose Mourinho’s men were non-existent as attacking force against Brighton and Chelsea in the England captain’s absence.
Kane returned to the starting line up during Tottenham’s 2-0 win over West Brom on Sunday and his influence on the side was immediately apparent as he scored one and played a key part in the build-up to the second goal.
Jordan claimed that Spurs are a poor side without Kane and Son but suggested that no other club would be able to pay the £150m that the North Londoners are likely to demand for his signature.
The pundit told talkSPORT: “I don’t know the personality of the lad, but he’s been at Tottenham for his entire career, and this is a team that we look at times and think, ‘jeez Louise, for the love of God, this is like watching paint dry’.
“He’s playing in a side where ultimately he and Heung-min Son are the reason they win games, and when they’re not playing the performances of the side are beyond unacceptable.
“I don’t know where Tottenham go with Harry Kane, because the marketplace right now for Harry Kane to go for anything vaguely resembling what Tottenham might want for him
“Tottenham would want £150million for him, but who right now is going to pay that? Real Madrid aren’t going to pay it, Barcelona certainly aren’t going to pay it – who is going to pay this dough?
“So where’s he going to go, unless it’s on a free at the end of his contract?
“Man City is a place he could go, but I don’t like that every time we link someone to a bigger club then Man City become the ultimate victim of people suggesting that all they do is buy the best players! So I don’t want to get into that territory, as I’m normally criticised for ‘my agenda against Man City’.
“So whilst the rest of us sit there pulling our teeth out with a pair of pliers watching some of this dreadful football Tottenham play… I just feel that Jose Mourinho had an innate ability to keep players in-franchised that he likes – and he likes Harry Kane.”
Danny Murphy also admitted that Kane might end up being a one-club man but insisted the striker has to think about leaving if he wants to win major honours.
Responding to Jordan, the former Spurs midfielder said: “It’s hard to know, everybody is different in terms of what they want from their careers.
“You think of Alan Shearer signing for Newcastle instead of Manchester United, and Matt Le Tissier who was content in staying at Southampton for all that league. Harry Kane is his own man.
“But I do think he’s ambitious. I think he will be wanting not just to win Premier Leagues, he’ll want to be winning Champions Leagues as well, or competing.
“I know Tottenham got to the final under Mauricio Pochettino, but I don’t see them being competitive in that arena again for a long time.”
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If we do not finish in the top four this season and end the season trophyless, then I fear that we will have a battle on our hands to hold on to Kane. However, I do believe that the striker will end up staying at Tottenham if we do get our hands on silverware and show signs of progress.
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