Spurs facing battle to keep Kane as striker seeks pay rise
Published 15/11/2016 | 02:30
Harry Kane will demand he is paid at least £120,000-a-week to sign a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite tying a number of their top players to new deals over recent months, Spurs are not in talks with star duo Kane or goalkeeper Hugo Lloris because of the barrier caused by chairman Daniel Levy's wage structure.
Levy's tight grip on the wage bill means that no Tottenham player pockets £100,000-a-week, with Lloris the top earner on around £80,000-a-week and Kane's current contract that he signed in February last year worth £60,000-a-week.
Kane still has three-and-a-half years to run on his present deal and Tottenham would not consider any bids for the England international, despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
But, like France captain Lloris, there is little prospect of Kane extending his contract unless Levy breaks his wage structure and pays the going rate to his best two players.
Kane is happy at White Hart Lane and has no desperate desire to try to force his way out of Tottenham, but, equally, he is aware of his market value.
He could comfortably earn £200,000-a-week by moving to United, Chelsea or Real, who have scouted him, but knows Spurs could not afford to pay him that figure.
With Jamie Vardy on over £100,000-a-week at Leicester City, Kane feels that his status as the last season's Premier League Golden Boot winner and England's number one striker should guarantee him at least £120,000-a-week.
Michy Batshuayi chose Chelsea ahead of Spurs during the summer after the White Lane club refused to match the £120,000-a-week they offered the Belgian. © Daily Telegraph, London.