Pundit ‘cannot understand’ rumours City have cooled Kane interest

Date published: Saturday 17th July 2021 3:34 - Joe Williams

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It is good news for Tottenham if Manchester City choose to pursue a deal for Southampton striker Danny Ings, according to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is holding firm, with City reportedly trying convince the north London club to sell Harry Kane, amid rumours the Citizens are preparing a huge bid.

However, other reports claiming their interest in Southampton’s Ings suggest that City aren’t getting much encouragement in their pursuit of Kane.

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There were rumours today that Kane could have to go as far as refusing to return to Tottenham’s pre-season training if he wants to force a move to Man City this summer.

And Robinson thinks City need to put their money where their mouth is with Spurs chairman Levy not being “unreasonable”.

The former Leeds goalkeeper told Football Insider: “It’s an extremely difficult move for anyone to engineer.

“Kane had a great Euros all things considered. He showed everyone once again the world-class player that he is.

“The £100million-plus that Daniel Levy wants is not unreasonable. There will be a huge void left if Kane does go and Spurs need to compensate for that.

“If City have turned their attention away from him, I cannot understand why. Danny Ings is nowhere near as good as Harry Kane. City want a player to take them to the next level.

“If City are out of the market the options for Kane few. Barcelona and Madrid are in financial trouble. There are not many clubs left who can afford to spend over £100million on a player. It could be great news for Spurs.”

Back in March, former Tottenham forward Darren Bent suggested that Ings would score more goals for City than Gabriel Jesus.

Bent said: “If you’re talking about someone replacing Aguero, it’s virtually impossible, you’re not going to find someone who can come in and do what he has done at that club.

“But I really like the idea of Danny Ings going there, I think he’s a very very good centre forward and he’s been brilliant over the last couple of seasons. He has been plagued by injuries, but I think he’d do a job there.

“You put him around better players who create so many opportunities, he is an unbelievable finisher, really really good finisher, so if you put him in situations where he can score goal I can guarantee you he’d score more goals in that team than Gabriel Jesus.

“The only thing that would put people off this signing is snobbery. Fans probably think they should be going for players like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, but signing a player of Ings’ quality is a no-brainer.

“He’s a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and if I was at Man City, I’d get him in now, get someone like him in the door for decent money, and then go after your Haalands or your Mbappes.”


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