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Spurs must finish strongly to keep Kane


Harry Kane. Photo: PA

Harry Kane. Photo: PA

Harry Kane. Photo: PA

Harry Kane will consider his Tottenham Hotspur future in the summer, with the club facing a battle to convince the striker he does not need to move to take his career to the next level.

Jose Mourinho, the head coach, and Daniel Levy, the chairman, are determined to keep Kane. Mourinho admits that Spurs cannot overhaul the squad this summer.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League could leave Mourinho with as little as £50 million (€57m) to spend on new players, but he would be given incoming cash from sales.

It remains to be seen if Mourinho could convince Kane that he can fulfil his ambitions at Spurs playing within the current squad, plus a few additions, if they again fail to win a trophy and miss out on the Champions League.

Levy will believe he can hold on to Kane, who has four years remaining on his contract and is valued by Spurs at more than £150m (€172m), and may be prepared to offer the England captain a raise to his salary, which is up to £200,000 (€230,000) a week.

Kane is concentrating on trying to return from hamstring surgery, which has threatened to end his season, for the final games of the campaign and in time to play for England in this summer's European Championship.

But Tottenham's season could be over by the time Kane returns, with Spurs now entering a defining period in which they face Norwich City in the FA Cup fifth round tonight, ahead of Premier League games against Burnley and Manchester United, either side of their Champions League last-16 second leg against Red Bull Leipzig.

The final weeks of the season will also have a bearing on Mourinho's ability to add to his squad. Regardless if Kane stays, Mourinho wants another striker and will also look at signing a right-back and a new central defender.

Levy is convinced that, given time, 18-year-old Irish striker Troy Parrott can also save the club millions in the transfer market as Tottenham look to be self-sustaining.

Mourinho confirmed Parrott would be among the substitutes against Norwich, saying: "We are taking very good care of him. We are taking care of a player and a young boy.

"He has two Premier League appearances, something that's not normal for 18-year-olds."

Norwich will check on forward Teemu Pukki who missed training through illness this week. If the Finn fails to recover in time it could open the door for Adam Idah, Parrott's Ireland U-21 team-mate, to make a first appearance for the Canaries since starting at Old Trafford almost two months ago.

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