PHIL THOMPSON: Spurs should insist on Sterling swap before Kane gets Man City transfer

Thommo thinks Daniel Levy needs at least £125m for want-way striker Harry Kane.

Harry Kane Tottenham Phil Thompson


When you see that Jack Grealish has gone from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100m, the minimum that Daniel Levy and Spurs could accept for Harry Kane now is £125m, in my opinion.

A player swap and cash could sweeten that deal, but there mightn’t be many Manchester City players who want to move to Spurs?


Gabriel Jesus could be one, but would he really fill Spurs’ fans with hope that they’re getting a star player in exchange for losing a 30-goal-a-season striker?

I don’t think so.

It has to be a player of real stature like Kane to win the fans over and fellow England international Raheem Sterling fits the bill. Any deal involving Sterling would get the Spurs fans’ buzzing and could prove very good business for Daniel Levy as the club look to pay down the stadium costs.

There’s no Champions League football for the North London side this season and I’d struggle to see them making the top six at this stage – never mind the top four – particularly if Harry Kane leaves.

This Spurs side have declined since Mauricio Pochettino left and there’s a real danger that could continue – particularly if Harry Kane leaves.

That’s why a big-name signing like Sterling could bring them hope that they’re moving in the right direction again.

It will also make it easier for them to attract big-name signings in the future under Tottenham’s new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, who will need time to find his feet at the club.


Spurs are in danger of losing their biggest icon but they have the chance to bring in a player of real quality if they play their cards right.

Paddy Power football trader Emmet O’Keeffe backed up the former Liverpool and England legend’s assessment that Sterling is the player to make Tottenham a top-four club again.

He said: “If you were a Spurs season-ticket holder who would you really like to see moving in exchange for letting Harry Kane go?

“The answer looks obvious to me – it has to be Raheem Sterling. The England international looks to have fallen out with Pep Guardiola and the time could be right for Spurs to cash in on Kane with another big-name as part of the deal. Sterling is a star and started his career at QPR so a move to London wouldn’t faze him.”


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