EXCLUSIVE | By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Kane is set to be handed a new contract that will make him the best-paid player in Tottenham’s history, Football Insider sources understand.
Kane is in line for his third new deal inside a year after his remarkable progress last season attracted interest from Manchester United.
Preliminary talks have begun, with Spurs indicating they are ready to offer the striker a contract upwards of £100,000-a-week.
The London club’s top earner is believed to be Emmanuel Adebayor, who is set to leave White Hart Lane this month. The Togo international has undergone a medical with Aston Villa and Spurs are set to pay a portion of his wages at the Midlands club to meet the shortfall in his salary drop from his current £110,000-a-week deal.
Other top earners in Tottenham history include Gareth Bale, who was given a pay hike up to £100,000-a-week 12 months before joining Real Madrid.
Kane will receive a huge salary increase that reflects his elevated status at the club.
The youth-team graduate, 22, initially signed a contract last summer, before penning a new £35,000-a-week, five-and-a-half-year deal in early February.
Football Insider has learned that he is now set for his third pay rise in less than 12 months as reward for a campaign in which he scored 31 goals for Tottenham as well as starting his international career in stunning fashion by netting 79 seconds into his first England appearance.
White Hart Lane chiefs are adamant that their talisman will not be sold to United or any other Premier League club.
Speaking ahead of Spurs’ pre-season friendly against Real Madrid in Munich on Tuesday night, manager Mauricio Pochettino said of Kane: “He is young but he is very mature. He is in a very good way to become one of the best strikers in the world. If you can do it in England and Europe, you are doing it in the best competitions in the world.”
But chairman Daniel Levy recognises that the interest from Old Trafford is genuine and knows that Kane needs to be brought into the top bracket of Tottenham earners.