By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Redknapp has revealed how a Harry Kane masterclass stopped Arsenal from signing Scott Dann.
The former Tottenham manager gave an insight into the precocity of Kane when he was coming through the ranks at White Hart Lane.
The Spurs academy graduate, 22, has been the driving force for the team’s title bid, scoring 17 Premier League goals, including both strikes in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday to lift his tally for the season to 20 in all competitions.
“He was a player who we always expected to make it and I can still clearly remember watching him for the Under-21 team when he was 18,” wrote Redknapp in his Telegraph column. “We were playing Birmingham City and they had Scott Dann starting that day.
“Arsenal had been in touch because they were very interested in signing Scott and wanted to come to the training ground to see the game. Pat Rice, who was Arsene Wenger’s assistant, and the chief scout Steve Rowley were there.
“What did they see? They saw a brilliant performance by Harry. He scored four goals that day. Arsenal decided not to sign Scott Dann and eventually got Per Mertesacker instead.”
Following a slow start to the season, Kane has reached the 20-goal mark for his club for the second consecutive campaign and Redknapp is in no doubt about the Englishman’s calibre.
“Harry is an all-round player, perfectly suited to playing as the one man up front in the system that most clubs now employ,” said the former manager. “He can hold the ball up, link the play, bring others into the game and is a great finisher.
“He is excellent in the air and, although he is not a flying machine in terms of his pace, he is a strong, powerful runner and has become quicker than people think.
“He has also really learnt his trade. He went out on loan to Norwich, Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester and those experiences have helped make him.
“Tim Sherwood always had great confidence that he would be a top player. The most important thing is that he is a very level-headed boy. He listens, has good people around him and has kept improving to the point where, with Jamie Vardy, he has been the outstanding striker this season in the division.”
In other Tottenham news, Gary Lineker has claimed that Kane and one of his team-mates should be nailed-on starters for England at Euro 2016.