Tottenham remain coy on Kane links to Man Utd, Man City

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Tottenham remain coy on Kane links to Man Utd, Man City

Tottenham Hotspur have claimed that they remain focused on finishing the season well despite reports emerging that Harry Kane wants to leave this summer.

It has been claimed by Sky Sports that the England captain, unhappy with Spurs’ lack of progress, has informed the north London outfit he wants to depart this summer, and that he wants his destination decided before the European Championship, which gets under way on June 11.

is contracted to Tottenham for another three years and the Premier League club have previously refused to put a price-tag on their star man, who turns 28 in July.

were tight-lipped on Monday evening as they remained focused on their final two league games, with Europa League qualification still on the cards.

A club spokesman said: “We won’t be commenting – our focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible. That’s what everyone should be focused on.”

The PA news agency has contacted Kane’s representatives for comment.

Premier League champions Manchester City, rivals Manchester United and Champions League finalists Chelsea have been linked with a move for Kane, who has scored 32 goals in all competitions this term.

He is under contract until 2024, however, and – given his personal form this season – it would take a sizeable fee for Spurs to even consider letting their talisman go, and that is before renowned tough negotiator chairman Daniel Levy gets involved.

Kane had said in an interview at the end of March that it would be “hard” to talk about his future and that his focus was on the rest of the season with Spurs and then the Euros.

But he has also regularly spoken about his desire to win trophies and that is something that has not yet materialised at Tottenham.

During Kane’s time in Spurs’ first team, they have had two Premier League title challenges fall away, lost in the Champions League final and been beaten in two League Cup finals, including this season’s.

Spurs are currently unstable, without a manager following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last month, and the new boss faces a huge rebuilding job in the summer.

They need a miracle to get back in the Champions League next term, but will qualify for the Europa League if they win their final two games of the Premier League season.

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F365 says: Dike the hero despite Ayew’s Swansea winner

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F365 says: Dike the hero despite Ayew’s Swansea winner

Andre Ayew scored the winner but Daryl Dike scored with us all. This was such good fun.

There are cult heroes and there’s Daryl Dike. This was the first opportunity the Barnsley fans have had to pay hommage to their 6’1”, 220 pound Oklahoman, and boy, did they make the most of it. They arrived at Oakwell with their Star-Spangled Banners, chanted his name and aimed Wayne’s World “we are not worthy” gestures in his direction.

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In short: they love him because he bloody loves it. Bulldozing into the backs of defenders and looking at them on the floor with disdain, waving his arms in frustration as he’s penalised for the latest assault, and smiling all the while, clearly loving every second of it.

If Youri Tilemans’ strike on Saturday secured his side’s status as the people’s club of the Premier League, there’s a stong case for Barnsley being the the Leicester of the Championship. There’s a lot to like about them, from the improbability of a promotion push having stayed up last season through an injury time winner, to their enigmatic manager, Valerien Ismael, and the manic football he has them playing. Add Dike and the raucous Tykes fans in the mix and you’ve got quite the soulful soup to warm the cockles of the neutrals.

And it felt a bit like the FA Cup final. Just as it was Chelsea vs all, very few people watching will have been rooting for Swansea. It may well have been grudging admiration then which met Andre Ayew’s goal, but it was well earned.

To describe the game to that point as ‘bitty’ would have been kind. It was great fun – Dike and the crowd saw to that – but the standard was pretty poor.

It was Kyle Naughton and Ayew – with over 250 Premier League appearances between them – who combined for Swansea. Naughton clipped a clever ball in behind for Ayew, who had dropped back to get onside, before the Ghanaian cut inside onto his left foot and curled the ball into the far corner. It was a beautifully composed finish in a game of *looks up antonym of composure* agitation.

That’s the way Barnsley like it. They thrive on the blood-and-thunder football; every game feels like a cup tie. Lots of long balls to the big man, with bodies in and around him to pick up the second balls and short shrift for opposition players who dare to try and play what most would now consider ‘normal’ football.

But a 20-minute spell at the start of the second half besides – in which Barnsley did come close to pummelling the door down – Swansea coped very well.

Their pair of 20-year-old centre-backs, Ben Cabango and Chelsea loanee Marc Guehi, dealt brilliantly with Dike; engaged in just the right amount of shithousery. And Newcastle loanee Freddie Woodman relieved pressure superbly in goal. It was a professional Swansea display against a side who have consistently made the teams they have played against this season stoop to the realms of amateurism.

Dike, Barnsley and their fans made this game, Swansea won it; it was impossible not to enjoy it. Here’s to more of the same.


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