Harry Kane returns to Tottenham bench amid stalling Man City transfer

Harry Kane missed the first two games of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham tenure after a controversial extended holiday which came amid intense interest from Manchester City

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Guardiola remains tight-lipped on possible Harry Kane transfer

Harry Kane returned to the bench for Tottenham’s trip to Wolves as his proposed transfer to Manchester City looks increasingly unlikely.

Kane, 28, missed the first two games of Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure after a controversial extended holiday which came amid intense interest from City.

Spurs rejected the Sky Blues’ £100million bid for Kane earlier this summer and Pep Guardiola’s side are still £50million off meeting Daniel Levy’s valuation of the striker.

With just over one week remaining until the transfer window slams shut, City must weigh up if they are willing to increase their offer far beyond their initial budget.

Kane returned to training with his teammates earlier this week after a period of isolation following holidays in the Caribbean and Florida, during which he shot down reports he was shirking training.

As well as missing the 1-0 victory over City in the Premier League last Sunday, he did not travel to Portugal for the 1-0 defeat by Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League.

Nuno was unsure whether he would have enough match fitness to feature against Wolves, but named him in the match-day squad to face his old side.

The Portuguese manager turned to Son Heung-min – the match-winner against City – to lead the line, while captain Hugo Lloris made his 300th Premier League appearance between the posts.

Defender Cristian Romero missed out as a precaution after sustaining a minor injury during the defeat by Pacos de Ferreira.

Kane’s return to Spurs’ squad comes after Guardiola declared he would be “more than happy” if his City do not sign the England captain.

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Speaking to reporters earlier this week, the Etihad boss added: “It is the same team, except Sergio [Aguero] for Jack Grealish, that we had last season.”

Nuno, meanwhile, has been tight-lipped on Kane and the only updates he has issued have largely centred on the boyhood Tottenham fan’s fitness.

“He trained today, trained good,” Nuno told reporters on Friday. “He’ll train tomorrow and we’ll make a decision. I’m so sorry to keep saying the same thing but this is how we work. It is a day-by-day situation.”

The day before, Nuno said: “What matters is what is happening behind the doors, and what is happening behind the doors is that Harry is our player, he’s preparing himself, training today, he’s going to train tomorrow and again on Friday, joining the group, and this is how we operate.

“We don’t really pay much attention to what’s said outside regarding the situation of Harry, Harry is our player, one of the best players in the world, and we are very lucky to have him.”

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