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Martin Keown questions Man City’s transfer pursuit of Harry Kane

Reigning Premier League champions City have made Kane their top target for the final weeks of the summer window, but Keown has questioned the amount of money it will take to sign him

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Former Arsenal icon Martin Keown has questioned Manchester City’s pursuit of the highly-priced striker Harry Kane.

The reigning Premier League champions are understood to have made Kane their top priority for the final two weeks of the summer transfer window.

City allowed all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero to depart the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer at the end of the season and are now looking for a replacement for the Argentine.

Tottenham captain Kane quickly emerged as their top target to take Aguero’s place at the spearhead of their frontline, with the Englishman demanding a departure from north London.



Martin Keown has questioned Manchester City’s pursuit of Harry Kane
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But City are struggling to come to an agreement with Spurs over the transfer fee it will take to bring Kane to Manchester.

The 28-year-old currently has three years remaining on his contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

That means that Spurs chief Daniel Levy can virtually name his price for the star striker and afford to hold out for as high a fee as possible.

It is thought that the price tag that Levy has slapped on Kane is in the region of £150million, with City not willing to match that at the current time.

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City are preparing to submit a new bid for the England star, at a fee in the region of £130m, in the hope they can tempt Spurs to the negotiating table.

Though they have already broken the British transfer record once to sign Jack Grealish, City, thanks to their Abu Dhabi backers, can certainly afford the full £150m price.

But some are questioning why City are spending so much on a player of Kane’s age, with younger strikers Erling Haaland most likely available for a £150m fee.

Keown has now added his voice to those who are not convinced by the logic of paying such a large fee for the Tottenham striker.







The former Arsenal defender branded Tottenham’s valuation “a huge amount of money”, though he did admit it would be a good move for Kane to make.

“Is it going to happen, isn’t it? £150m is a huge amount of money,” Keown told BBC Sport.

“They didn’t need a number nine last year but with De Bruyne not being fit – I hear he has an ankle injury from the summer – it might then accelerate the need to get a striker in.

“I think it would be a nice move for Harry Kane but if he stays at Tottenham I also get that.”







City will have to move quickly to get any transfer deal for Kane done, with just 10 days of the summer transfer window left.

Their need for a striker was exposed in their opening day defeat to Spurs, with Pep Guardiola’s men looking toothless up-front without an out-and-out number nine.

Though they hammered Norwich on Saturday without playing a recognised striker, City are set to ramp up their pursuit of Kane.




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