Italian club reveal regret over missing out on Tottenham's Harry Kane in 2013

Harry Kane could be banging in goals for Livorno instead of Tottenham Hotspur if events during the summer of 2013 had transpired a little differently.

Livorno president Aldo Spinelli has revealed to TMW that the club held talks with Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013 over the potential signing of Harry Kane.

Kane, 21, was far from the reaching the heights of recent months back then, having just come off a Championship loan spell with Leicester, where he netted twice in 13 total appearances.

Back in Serie A after three seasons in the second-tier, Livorno were after reinforcements and, during discussions with then-new Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini, the striker’s name was put forward as a possible option.

The two sides held brief talks about a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move, although negotiations never got serious in the end – a fact Spinelli is now of course regretting.

“It's all true, it was the summer of 2013 and we were going to start the season in Serie A,” he said. “Speaking with Franco Baldini, his name came out, but we never had real negotiations, just talks.

“We had talked about a loan with the right of purchase, but then it all came to nothing.

"Too bad, it would have been a really big bang for Livorno."

Livorno are now back in Serie B after finishing bottom of the top-flight, while Kane made his Premier League breakthrough under Tim Sherwood last April to go on to score three goals in the final six games of the season.

It’s since been a meteoric rise for the England hopeful, whose 23 goals across all competitions put him among Europe’s top scorers this campaign, and no doubt leave Spurs thankful that talks with the Italian club never got serious.

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