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Decisive factor named as Tottenham legend Harry Kane nears huge Man Utd decision

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Harry Kane is leaning towards staying with Tottenham Hotspur this summer and is likely to turn down Manchester United, a new report is suggesting.

Kane was at the centre of attention in the 2021 summer transfer window, when Manchester City tried to sign him. Ultimately, he remained with his current club – but the idea of him moving on later down the line has never faded.

This year, Manchester United may be more likely to move for the England captain. They are looking for a new number nine to succeed Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Naturally, Kane is someone they significantly admire. Recent reports have suggested he features high up their list of possible transfer targets for the summer.

However, the Daily Mirror have revealed this afternoon that Kane is “set to snub” Man Utd in favour of staying with Tottenham Hotspur.

He will put any thoughts about his future on hold until after the summer. That means he looks likely to start the 2022-23 season as a Tottenham player still.

Kane has his sights set on cementing his legendary status at Tottenham by chasing down their goalscoring record. He needs 23 more goals to match Jimmy Greaves in top spot; for a player of his calibre, he should be able to manage that within a season.

What happens after remains to be seen; his contract with Spurs only runs until 2024. But for now, it looks like Kane could commit to Tottenham.

It will come as a blow to Man Utd, whose likely new manager Erik ten Hag had made Kane a top target.

Kane could have changed mind for Pochettino

Somewhat ironically, the Mirror claim Kane may have been more tempted to make the move if United had gone for ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino instead.

But it is now believed he is more likely to continue working under Antonio Conte in north London. The Italian has Tottenham on course for Champions League football next season, which would be another persuasive factor if Man Utd miss out.

As one of the elite centre-forwards of his time, Kane will want to be playing in Europe’s top-level competition again. Tottenham have been outside it for a couple of years, but now are getting back on track.

Having Kane with them for a potential return to the elite would be a huge boost.

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West Brom’s transfer stance revealed as Rangers & Norwich plot move for player

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West Brom are open to selling Cedric Kipre in the summer transfer window as Norwich City and Rangers monitor the defender.

The centre-back joined Albion from Wigan in 2020 but he has struggled to establish himself as a regular since, which is why he went on loan to Charleroi last season.

Whilst he has been more involved this campaign, making 14 league appearances, it’s been clear for some time that Steve Bruce had plenty of players ahead of Kipre in the pecking order.

Therefore, it’s perhaps no surprise that Birmingham Live have revealed that Albion are willing to let the 25-year-old go in the upcoming window as they look to reshape the squad.

The update states that the Baggies want to recoup the £1m fee they spent to bring Kipre to the Hawthorns, with Norwich City and Rangers thought to be admirers of the former Motherwell man.

If a permanent move can’t be agreed, it’s believed another temporary exit is also possible, so there’s every chance Kipre will leave West Brom before the new season starts.

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The verdict

This would make a lot of sense because the reality is that Albion are well-stocked for options at centre-back and it’s an area Bruce still wants to strengthen further in the summer.

Kipre isn’t going to be part of his plans moving forward, so an exit would suit all parties as he really needs to be playing regularly at this stage of his career.

Joining either Rangers or Norwich would be a good move for the player and he will hope their interest results in a formal bid over the coming weeks.

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Opinion: Wigan Athletic should look elsewhere amid recent transfer links

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Having secured promotion to the Championship, it looks set to be a busy summer ahead for Wigan Athletic.

The Latics had an excellent League One campaign, being crowned champions of the division, but will need re-enforcements if they are to remain a second-tier side beyond next season.

The summer has not even arrived yet, but still the transfer rumours are beginning to swirl.

The latest man to be linked with a move to the DW Stadium is Sheffield Wednesday striker Lee Gregory.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who name Wigan as one of a few clubs interested in securing the forward’s services.

Whilst Gregory certainly had a good campaign in League One – particularly in the latter stages, Wigan Athletic should avoid bringing him to the club this summer.

Not as prolific

Despite his 16 goals in the third tier this campaign, the Latics would be best served looking elsewhere, with Gregory having previously shown that he is not as prolific at Championship level as he is in League One.

In 183 second-tier appearances across five seasons, Gregory has scored just 40 goals – an average of eight goals per season.

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Comparing this to his numbers in League One – 51 goals in 114 appearances across three seasons – there is a clear drop off from his third-tier average of 17 per season.

That’s perhaps what you’d expect given the leap in abilities between the two leagues, but with Wigan having just been promoted, his inability to carry his goals into the division above should be a concern.

Transfer fee

As should Gregory’s age considering that Wigan would be required to pay a transfer fee to secure his services this summer.

Gregory has one year left on his deal at Hillsborough, and given that he turns 34-years-old in August, Wigan should be reluctant to pay a transfer fee for a player of his age.

It isn’t like Sheffield Wednesday are going to let him leave the club on the cheap given that they could really do with his goals in League One once again next season.

Paying any sort of significant transfer fee makes even less sense when you consider the players that the Latics already have on their books.

Leam Richardson used two strikers for the most part in the latter stages of the campaign, with a front two of Will Keane and Callum Lang racking up an impressive 41 goals between them in League One.

With those two also notching sixteen assists between them, Wigan Athletic would surely be best served once again going with that combination in the Championship next season.

For all of the above reasons, Wigan should steer clear of Lee Gregory amid the current transfer links.

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