TalkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton has argued that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could be the ideal man to replace Harry Kane at Tottenham Hotspur.
The England captain has been heavily linked with an exit this summer, and did not turn up for training on Monday as he seemingly looks to push through a move to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
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Tottenham striker Harry Kane is understood to be pushing for a move away from the club this summer. Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign him, with a big money bid said to be on the table. Spurs are reluctant to sell, but Kane failed to report for training on Monday morning, and is expected to be fined for his absence. Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has suggested that Leeds forward Bamford could be the perfect man to replace the England captain in north London Bamford is, however, understood to be content at Elland Road, and the Whites have shown no intention of selling their prized asset.
What’s been said?
“Nuno’s probably thinking, ‘Hang on, I need to know!’.
"Is he going to have Harry Kane for the season? If he’s not, who is he going look at? He’ll have his own ideas.
"Maybe Tottenham fans are wondering how they would replace Harry Kane – you don’t. You don’t just replace a player like Harry Kane, unless you’re going to go and try and spend the same again.
"Nuno might want something different. If you look at who he had at Wolves, Raul Jimenez is the kind of player he clearly he likes, someone to have that role as a centre forward. They’re hard to find, there’s not many around in the Premier League.
"You look at Bamford, who is of that ilk, who can lead the line, work incredibly hard, link the play.
"Jimenez is another if he shows his fitness.
"Danny Ings could be an option. He’s someone who guarantees goals in the Premier League, but there’s question marks over his fitness.
"There will be options there.”
Dean Ashton, talkSPORT
Kane signed a six-year deal with Tottenham back in 2018, and still has three years left to run on that contract.
As a result, Spurs chief Daniel Levy is of the opinion that the club don’t have to sell if they don’t want to, and he is understandably reluctant to let go of a player who finished top of both the goal and assist charts in last season’s Premier League depart.
After Kane, Bamford scored the most goals of any Englishman in the top flight last term, netting 17 times across the campaign.
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