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Manchester United have been told that they “need” Harry Kane, who can be their own version of Erling Haaland for boss Erik ten Hag according to former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders. The Red Devils are yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the 37-year-old had his contract terminated by the club last month, and could dip into the transfer market in order to bolster their forward options.
Anthony Martial started up front and scored in United’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest in their first Premier League game back after the World Cup break, but ex-Liverpool forward Saunders believes that Ten Hag will want another striker added to his options.
The Welshman named Kane and Robert Lewandowski as the two players that can be relied upon to score 20 goals a season, and urged United to bid £150million for the Tottenham star. “Just the focal point down the middle [United need] and someone who can get on the end of crosses and – there’s an example – they need Erling Haaland,” Saunders told talkSPORT.
“Somebody like Harry Kane, Haaland. Look at Harry Kane’s header [vs Brentford], he has missed a penalty at the World Cup, you put balls in the box for Harry Kane he will get 20 goals a season every season.
“If you pay £150m for Harry Kane, there is a fair chance that he will get you 20 goals. Because he does it every year, consistent. Brilliant header, he just knows what to do. You can’t teach people to do that, I have tried, you can’t.
“You can show them where to run, and you can say ‘You’re standing still too much, you need to get out of the defender’s eyeline’, you can go out on the training ground and practise their finishing and getting their technique right and actually robot them into certain spots in the box, but you can’t give them an instinct.
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“He is getting on a bit now, he had his chance to go and he stayed at Spurs or Spurs stopped him going I think in the end, but he was ready to go to Man City. If you are looking for a striker that is going to get you guaranteed 20 goals a season, there’s not many. Lewandowski’s one, Harry Kane’s another one.”
Kane’s contract in north London expires in 2024 and while Spurs may consider selling their star man if he states that he will not sign an extension, any potential deal would be extremely unlikely to take place in January.
Lewandowski only joined Barcelona in the summer and although their financial situation remains precarious following their Champions League exit in the group stages, there is no suggestion that they are ready to part ways with the 34-year-old.
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