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Harry Kane is set to be offered 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 in just over a year after his remarkable progress attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that preliminary talks have begun, with Spurs indicating they are ready to hand the striker a contract upwards of £100,000-a-week.
The London club’s top earner had been Emmanuel Adebayor, who was earning £110,000-a-week before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in September.
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 in the summer of 2014, 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 15 months as reward for a period in which he has established himself as one of the leading strikers in the Premier League. He has followed his 31-goal 2014/15 campaign with 10 more strikes this season, including nine in his last six club games.
White Hart Lane chiefs are adamant that their talisman will not be sold to United or any other Premier League club.
Speaking after Kane notched Spurs’ only goal in their 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag on Thursday night, manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is convinced Kane will follow the lead of skipper Hugo Lloris, who turned down United in the summer to remain at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino said: “I am happy that a big club want our player – this is because they show they are a top player with top performances. It is good when they are linked.
“But Harry, like Hugo, wants to stay here. He is one of the best players and he is very happy.
“He wants to grow up with us and try the next few years to try for the top four and win titles with Tottenham. This is his challenge.”
But chairman Daniel Levy recognises that the interest from Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge is genuine and knows that Kane needs to be brought into the top bracket of Tottenham earners.