Stan Collymore has suggested that the reason why Harry Kane could sign a new deal at Tottenham Hotspur is that Mauricio Pochettino could become the club’s next manager, as he told CaughtOffside.

The former Premier League striker stated that he can’t see Antonio Conte being at Spurs beyond the summer – Gianluca Di Marzio, who has very strong links with the Italian, certainly doesn’t think he will be in the dugout.

Despite that, there have been surprise rumours emerging that Kane could sign a new deal at his boyhood club – his current deal expires in 18 months.

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Whilst Kane was pushed through by someone like Tim Sherwood very early on in his career, it was under Pochettino who he thrived under the most.

So, could the duo go round number two in order to try and win a trophy at Spurs? Some would go back to those times, because, well, it’s the last time near-on everything was going well.

But, for others, they didn’t win anything and they probably won’t be doing so again, as Collymore shared his thoughts on Conte, Pochettino and Kane.

“I could be wrong, but I’m still not sure he’ll go until the end of the season but it certainly looks to be a matter of when not if,” said Collymore. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Mauricio Pochettino is already a done deal to go back there. The thing with a possible return for Pochettino is that if Conte goes, all the pressure will be on Daniel Levy to get the next appointment right and the safest option is their former manager and one the fans adore.

“There were reports earlier that Harry Kane is open to signing a new deal, so reading between the lines, that tells me there are things going on behind the scenes to get Pochettino back – why else would Kane be willing to stay beyond 2024?

“The problem with Conte is that he’s come into Spurs and believes he’s big enough to demand huge spending but Levy isn’t someone who runs his club that way. If he didn’t back down to Jose Mourinho, he certainly isn’t going to back down to Conte.

“Spurs need to reestablish the kind of club they want to be, and I’m sure that’s a side that consistently competes in the Champions League while playing some breathtaking football along the way, and there is no one out there capable of restoring that philosophy than Pochettino.”

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SHOULD POCHETTINO RETURN?

The 50-year-old did win trophies at PSG, but in truth, it’s not much to sing about because they are already the dominant team in France.

What he was judged on was his performances in the Champions League and he just didn’t deliver the goods on the biggest domestic stage of them all.

From Pochettino’s perspective, it would be understandable if he were to return. Where else would he go? Manchester United didn’t consider him, nor did Chelsea.

The Real Madrid gig is Carlo Ancelotti’s for as long as he wants it, he wouldn’t go to Barcelona because of his Espanyol connections, Juventus are in a mess and it has to also be questioned if Bayern would ever push for him.

In other news, Everton are reportedly considering move for Nuno Espirito Santo amid potential Thelwell reunion