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Man Utd draw up five-man shortlist of Harry Kane alternatives with Tottenham striker 'not on the market'

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Man Utd draw up five-man shortlist of Harry Kane alternatives with Tottenham striker 'not on the market'

Manchester United have drawn up a five-man striker shortlist of alternatives to Harry Kane, according to reports.

Erik ten Hag is in the market for a world class striker this summer, following the acrimonious departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last winter.

It is understood that Kane is high up on their shopping list, as the England skipper approaches the final year of his contract.

While Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy claims there is a growing concern at Spurs that Kane will turn down a new deal at the club.

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Tottenham are currently sixth in the Premier League table and look set to miss out on Champions League qualification, following a turbulent season in north London.

Antonio Conte was sacked after his damaging comments during a press conference in May where he took aim at both the players and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

While their latest 6-1 defeat to Newcastle on the weekend added salt to open wounds.

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Kane's situation has reportedly encouraged suitors over a summer transfer, including Manchester United. However, Levy has insisted the 29-year-old is not for sale this summer regardless of whether he signs a new contract.

As a result, Ten Hag has had to look elsewhere and has allegedly identified five potential alternatives to Kane.

Man Utd draw up five-man striker shortlist

Redyy states that United have cast a wide net over possible additions with Victor Osimhen [Napoli], Goncalo Ramos [Benfica], Lautaro Martinez [Inter Milan], Dusan Vlhaovic [Juventus] and Mohammed Kudus [Ajax] all on the club's radar.

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Osimhen has long been rumoured with a move to Old Trafford. However, Paris Saint-Germain are allegedly 'close to agreeing personal terms' with the Napoli forward.

Meanwhile Benfica have attached a £106m release clause to Ramos' contract, and the striker's current deal is not due to expire until 2026.

With the Carabao Cup trophy in their back pocket, and an FA Cup final against Manchester City on the horizon, Old Trafford could be an attractive proposition for any player - and in particular Kane, who is thought to want to win a trophy in his career.

While he is in pole position to break Alan Shearer's record for the most goals scored in the Premier League. Although Levy insists he can do so at Spurs.

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During a recent discussion at The Cambridge Union Society, Levy said: "He can absolutely win a trophy at Spurs, but being a legend is also important.

"The fact that he's the top scorer for Tottenham Hotspur, he's making history. I hope one day there is a statue of Harry Kane outside our stadium."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfers, Football, Premier League, Erik Ten Hag, Dusan Vlahovic, Victor Osimhen, Lautaro Martinez

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