Journalist Graeme Bailey has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane could help persuade the Manchester City star to join the North London club.

There is uncertainty over Sterling’s future at City, with the forward only having just 12 months left to run on his contract at the Etihad (Transfermarkt).

CBS football journalist Ben Jacobs said in an interview on The Gooner Talk YouTube channel back in May that Spurs were in the race for the England international’s signature. 

However, this was subsequently dismissed by The Athletic, who claimed that Antonio Conte’s men are not in the running to sign the 27-year-old while The Telegraph suggested the City star would not consider joining the Lilywhites or their North London rivals Arsenal.

Over recent days, Sterling has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, with reports indicating that the winger is on Thomas Tuchel’s shortlist as the German tries to revamp his attack (Daily Mail).

However, Bailey has now insisted that Tottenham cannot be ruled out of the race for the former Liverpool man, and Kane could play a role in bringing his England teammate to the club.

The journalist said on the Talking Transfers Podcast (20/06/22): “They’re (Chelsea) not alone, Tottenham are in this as well.

“I am told that Harry Kane is doing some background work here, he might be trying to persuade his England teammate, they play well together these two, so let’s not rule it out. 

“If he’s considering Chelsea why wouldn’t he consider Tottenham? I’d take Tottenham seriously, they can offer Champions League football, we know they want someone down that right side, so it’s really, really interesting.”

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There are several reasons why Sterling would not be a realistic target for Spurs. Firstly, the 27-year-old is far more effective off the left than on the other side, and Son already occupies that position at Spurs.

Secondly, Sterling’s wage demands are would not fit into a wage structure, and it is unlikely that Spurs will offer the City star a higher salary than Kane or Son.

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