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Harry Kane has opened talks on a new Tottenham contract amid growing confidence a deal can be agreed by the summer, Football Insider sources understand.
Kane is set for his third new agreement inside 18 months as his remarkable progress continues to attract interest from the world’s richest clubs.
The England international scored twice in Spurs’ 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Sunday to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester and lift his goal tally in the top flight this season to 21.
Spurs chiefs are ready to make the academy graduate the best-paid player in the club’s history and all parties are hopeful a deal can be agreed before next season.
Preliminary talks have begun, with the London giants indicating they are ready to offer the 22-year-old striker a new contract worth upwards of £100,000-a-week.
Over the course of a five-year deal it would be worth at least £26million, more than any contract ever handed to a Spurs player.
Emmanuel Adebayor was given a £110,000-a-week four-year contract following his move from Manchester City in 2012, while Gareth Bale was given a pay hike up to £100,000-a-week 12 months before joining Real Madrid.
Kane’s huge salary increase reflects his elevated status at the club and is part of a drive to keep the nucleus of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad together,
Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Josh Onomah have all been handed new agreements in recent months, while the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela have begun discussions with the club about contract extensions.
Kane initially signed a contract in the summer of 2014, before penning a new £35,000-a-week, five-and-a-half-year deal in February 2015.
Football Insider has learned that he is now set for his third pay rise in a relatively short period as reward for a campaign in which he has scored 24 goals in 43 matches in all competitions.
White Hart Lane chiefs are adamant that their talisman will not be sold to his suitors, who include Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid.
But chairman Daniel Levy recognises that the interest from Europe’s elite is genuine and knows that Kane needs to be brought into the top bracket of Tottenham earners.
In other Tottenham news, former England striker Chris Sutton has identfied what he believes is Kane’s only weak point.