Man Utd man ‘discussed’ as Spurs mull over January transfer with huge Kane fee ‘already invested’

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Tottenham transfer target Ivan Toney
Ivan Toney arrives ahead of the British Grand Prix 2023 at Silverstone.

Tottenham have ‘already invested’ the huge transfer fee they’ve received for Harry Kane but they could bring in a striker in January, according to reports.

It was confirmed this morning that Kane has moved to Bayern Munich from Spurs for an initial £86m with the academy product ending his 19-year spell with the club.

Tottenham have already made Pedro Porro and Dejan Kulusevski’s loans into permanent transfers, while they have also brought in James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Guglielmo Vicario, Alejo Véliz, Ashley Phillips and Manor Solomon.

Spurs have been linked with a number of new strikers as potential Kane replacements with Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku one of the latest to be linked to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But another new wide player is currently their priority with Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson linked, while they could wait until January to invest in Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who is currently serving a ban from English football.

The Athletic have the ‘inside story’ of how Kane ended up leaving Tottenham for Bayern Munich this summer and they include details of their next movess in the transfer market.

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The website report:

‘Not rushing to bring in a first-choice striker now might also open the door to a move for Ivan Toney in January. This is an option being considered for when he returns and is back up to full speed after his gambling ban.

‘They also want to sign another wide player, such as Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson, to improve their depth in the forward positions and provide cover on the wings — especially since without Kane, Son Heung-min will play more games in the centre-forward position.

‘With the additions already of Veliz and defender Micky van de Ven for a deal approaching £43million, sources suggest the Kane money has already been invested.

‘That said, it has only been in the past 10 days that all parties began believing a deal would get done. There was an increased sense at Spurs that it might actually help Postecoglou, as expectations would be lower and there would be an understanding there would have to be a period of post-Kane transition.’

Manchester United were interested in Kane earlier in the summer but it became clear that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had no intention of selling to a Premier League rival, especially the Red Devils.

And, in search of a new striker, Tottenham also considered making a move for Rasmus Hojlund, who Man Utd signed instead of Kane this summer.

The Athletic adds:

‘Spurs did look at Evan Ferguson as a potential Kane replacement, but he recently signed a new contract that runs until 2028 and Brighton & Hove Albion have absolutely no intention of selling. Hojlund was also discussed prior to United making their move.’