Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should push for a January transfer to Manchester City following his failed move during the summer.
Kane, who is yet to score in the Premier League so far this season, was right at the very top of City’s wish list during the summer as they looked to source a replacement for former striker Sergio Aguero.
City were desperate to land the England captain but, ultimately, were unable to match Spurs’ huge financial demands, with it believed that the north London club wanted somewhere in the region of £150million to let go of their star asset.
With Spurs having lost their last two league matches by an aggregate score of six goals to nil, Kane has been forced to feed off scraps, no doubt increasing his frustration about a failed move to the Etihad Stadium.
With that in mind, Merson says Kane needs to push for a January switch to the reigning Premier League title holders, whilst admitting City are in need of him as well.
Merson told talkSPORT: “If you’re Harry Kane, you’re standing up front thinking ‘should I really have pushed a little bit harder [for a move]?’
“At the end of the day, you don’t want to be sitting there thinking ‘I don’t want to be disliked and that I am ungrateful’. He has done an unbelievable job for Tottenham and he needed to move on.
“If he’d have pushed it and pushed it… people would have been like ‘it’s Harry Kane, he’s the England captain’. He has got to think of his future. This lad deserves to win trophies.
“He is a phenomenal footballer and I think he should have pushed and pushed to have got that move. He wouldn’t have become a bad person.
“At the moment, when I look at Man City, they need Harry Kane.
“For me, Harry Kane is the best centre-forward in the league by a distance, and I really mean that, even though he plays for Tottenham!
“Man City need to get him, even if it comes down to January. He needs to move on for his career. He needs to sit with his grandchildren in 20 or 30 years time, when they’re sitting on his lap, and be telling them ‘I won this, this and this’.
“At the end of the day, if he stays at Tottenham he has got to win the Golden Boot. Even that looks a million miles away at the moment.”
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