Redknapp reveals how Harry Kane ruined Scott Dann’s proposed Arsenal move in 2011

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp has revealed that Harry Kane scuppered Scott Dann’s potential move to Arsenal in 2011 after he scored four goals against the defender in a reserve game.

Dann was highly regarded as a young defender when he was at Birmingham City and reportedly had the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool after his signature.

The central defender has certainly lived up to his potential as he has gone to have a solid career in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

However, it turns out that the 33-year-old’s fate may have been very different had he not come up against a rampant Harry Kane almost a decade ago.

Redknapp revealed that the centre back came up against an 18-year-old Kane in a reserve game at Tottenham’s training ground back in 2011 and that the Spurs striker ran riot that evening.

The Arsenal scouts in attendance are said to have decided against signing Dann at the time as they were not to know that Kane would become one of England’s greatest ever goalscorers.

Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I remember playing against Birmingham in a reserve game, and I got a phone call from Steve Rowley, who was the head of recruitment at Arsenal, with Pat Rice; they wanted to watch the game.

“They said, ‘Harry, can we come to your training ground? We’re signing Scott Dann, he’s had a little bit of an injury and we want to check on his fitness’

“Scott Dann is a good player, but Harry Kane played against him that day, scored four goals, and they didn’t sign Scott Dann.”

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