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Tottenham are keen to tie Harry Kane down to a lucrative new contract before the start of next season, 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 has had a second consecutive outstanding season in which he tops the Premier League goal charts with 24 goals and came third, behind Leicester duo Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, in the PFA Player of the Year award.
A well-placed Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Spurs chiefs are ready to make the academy graduate the best-paid player in the club’s history after being given the green light by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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 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 and Erik Lamela have begun discussions with the club about contract extensions.
Spurs talisman 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 27 goals in 47 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.
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness outlined his concern on Monday night that one of Europe’s elite could make a mega bid for Kane.
“He’s their main man and will be their main man for the next 10 years, if they can hold on to him,” the Liverpool legend said.
“The big danger with someone like him who is scoring this amount of goals is the really big guys out there, the two in Spain and maybe Bayern Munich, certainly Manchester United would love him next year, the big danger for Tottenham is if they can hold on to him.”
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.