Why reports Harry Kane could sign for Manchester United are way off

The Tottenham forward has once again been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the move is as unlikely as any proposed this summer.

Several media sources have once again linked Tottenham striker Harry Kane to Manchester United today, with the Daily Star speculating that Spurs could be tempted to do business for 'the right price.'

Other reports, such as the Mirror, suggest United are looking for 'any encouragement' from Spurs regarding a deal. But below we'll look at the huge unlikelihood such a sale will take place.

There are almost certainly world record fees that could be used to buy any player - any club that had a spare £1 billion could field Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same side if they wanted, but back in the non-world-record-breaking zone, the idea that Spurs would ever consider the sale of their striker is a borderline farcical one.

Nearly every report has pointed to Manchester United's poor resources up front as the reason why they'll push for Kane, but with Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as recognised strikers, and Memphis Depay able to play in that forward position as well, it could easily be argued that Tottenham have fewer options in that department than their Premier League rivals.

Spurs potentially have only Kane up front this season, with Emmanuel Adebayor struck from the squad list as he flirts with a possible transfer away, and Roberto Soldado's presence far from certain - or helpful even if he is involved.

With both Tottenham, and, one would assume, United, being unable to find a forward so far this summer despite it being blindingly obvious that players are needed in that position, it is clear that the striker market is hugely thin right now. 

On top of that, Daniel Levy has seen first hand how selling your most dangerous attacking player for a lot of money doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to go out and buy several replacements to strengthen the team. The 'Magnificent Seven' from Gareth Bale's sale saw to that. The two successes there, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen, could have been bought whether the Welshman was sold or not.

The Star points to the fact Spurs have shown a willingness to sell their top players for big money, but virtually every transfer, starting with Michael Carrick, through to Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, the club have seen how hard it is to replace settled, quality players that are already in your squad. Each transfer has been harder to negotiate than the last, and with Modric and Bale refused the chance to head to a Premier League rival, you get the feeling that gone are the days when a Tottenham star could be snapped up by a top four side in the UK.

And it's not as if Spurs need the money either. So far, Spurs have spent less than they have brought in from their transfer deals, meaning there is certainly enough for a major outlay on a striker or two. Selling Kane would only create a major gulf in the side that they would not be able to fill even if they wanted to spend £30-40 million on a replacement forward. The likes of Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, the highest profile forwards being linked with exits this summer, would not move to Spurs even if they were first choice.

To put it another way, Spurs, already struggling themselves in attack, would have virtually no options to sign up front even if they could get a king's sum for Kane.

Given Kane's professional and committed character, not at all like the sort of behaviour Raheem Sterling was displaying earlier this year, it would be a massive surprise if he threw his toys out of his pram to push for a move. In reality, Kane has made completely the opposite noises, instead talking of his willingness to stay at Spurs for a considerable period yet.

So, even if it is all over the news today, unfortunately for Manchester United fans, waiting on a possible move for the England international might see them disappointed for some time yet. This weekend's appearance of Kane at Old Trafford might mean the ground's sole seasonal sighting of the forward has already been and gone.

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