Man Utd and Man City backed to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane as Mourinho hunts Bale

Paul Merson has backed Manchester United and Manchester City to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane to take him to the next stage of his career. Meanwhile, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is understood to be nearing a move for former favourite Gareth Bale.

Harry Kane should leave Spurs for one of the Manchester giants if he wants to win trophies and further his career, according to Arsenal legend Paul Merson.

Kane has been a prominent figure at Tottenham for years, helping them reach the Champions League final and regularly compete for the top four.

However, the England captain is still trophy-less, and Merson reckons now could be the time, with Gareth Bale nearing a return to north London from Real Madrid.

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The Sky Sports pundit said in his column: “I’m probably Harry Kane’s biggest fan after his mum and dad! I look at him and I think: ‘What are you going to win at Tottenham?’

“He’s one of the best in the business at scoring goals, but he’s scoring 30 goals a season and not getting chances to win trophies, what’s the point in being there?

“I just cannot believe nobody has come in for him. What am I missing?! Manchester United are crying out for a goal scoring centre-forward, and if I’m being honest I think Man City are too. If Sergio Aguero gets injured, they miss too many chances. Aguero is two shots, one goal.

“I just do not understand why there is not more talk about a team signing Kane.”

Tottenham got off to the worst possible start last weekend as they were completely overrun by Everton in a 1-0 defeat at home.

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And Merson thinks Mourinho’s approach was completely wrong against the Toffees, insisting he needs to break out of the counter-attacking mould when his side should be the better side.

He added: “In terms of Spurs, you hear Jose Mourinho saying Spurs are not fit enough; if they lose four or five of their first six games, the season is over. That’s it. It’s massive. I said on air with Sky last year – and I got crucified for it – this is the way Mourinho plays.

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“You are not turning up at Spurs this season seeing 5-4s. It’s all well and good talking about the fitness, but it’s also the way he plays. He will sit deep, and he will counter-attack teams.

“It’s OK when there is nobody in the ground, but with 60,000 people at Spurs, and they are seeing that, they are not going to be happy. They have seen some entertaining football there over the last few years. Over the last few years they have been as good as anybody, before the Champions League final.

“I can understand if he plays that way against Man City, but it’s Everton, at home! If you are a Spurs fan watching that, you’re thinking: ‘Where are we going?’ I know there’s a long way to go, but you might be the most loyal Spurs fans in the world, you cannot sit there and honestly think, hand on heart, that you’re going to finish in the top four this season.

“It’s a shame for them, considering where they have been in the last few years.”

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