By Alex McLeish

15th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-manager: Tottenham taking big 'risk' with Kane player-plus-cash exchange

Alex McLeish has insisted striking a part-exchange deal involving Harry Kane would be a big “risk” for Tottenham this summer.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, pointed to Gareth Bale’s departure in 2007 as an example of how difficult it can be to replace a talisman.

As revealed by Football Insider last week (July 8th), Spurs have softened their stance on demanding £150million for Kane in discussions with Manchester United.

A United source told this site Spurs have asked for £100million plus two first-team stars.

It is understood Jesse Lingard is one of those Nuno Espirito Santo wants from Old Trafford.

McLeish admitted a lucrative swap deal could look like an enticing prospect on paper.

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However, he warned losing Kane could make “a hell of a difference” regardless of who comes in.

“I’ll tell you why it’s a risk,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“When Gareth Bale left Spurs for around £80million, Tottenham bought about seven, eight players in with a lot of that money.

“You see the difference that one guy can make. Because those guys are coming in and trying to get their feet under the table and make an impact it’s false, they never really hit the ground running.

“That’s why you can lose one guy, get four or five others and think, wow, what a deal that was. That one man can make a hell of a difference.”

Kane scored 33 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign.

He still has three years left on his contract at Tottenham.

In other news, Danny Mills predicts Tottenham to bin £100,000-a-week star after Athletic reveal.