By Richard Parks
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in the Sun to ‘break the bank’ by handing Harry Kane a six-year contract that will “send a rocket” through the club’s pay structure.
Kane signed a new deal at Spurs in December 2016 that runs until the summer of 2022 and which reportedly made him the highest paid player in the club’s history.
But the Tottenham goal king has subsequently taken his game to an even higher level, breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League calendar year goal record last year and continuing to plunder goals in all competitions.
Former striker Wright is in no doubt about Kane’s value and calibre, and warned Levy that he faces losing the player to a better resourced club if the north Londoners do not hand him a more lucrative contract that can not only keep him happy but also have the spin-off benefits of attracting new talent to White Hart Lane.
“Kane has proved beyond any doubt he will always score goals at any level, at any stage and at any club,” Wright said in his weekly Sun column. “What Daniel Levy must do now is make sure that club is Spurs and no one else.
“I know Harry has been very open and honest about his love for Tottenham. Totally committed to the cause, with absolutely no desire to do it anywhere else.
“Yet the whispers continue that some day, maybe not too far in the future, Real Madrid will come calling.
“It is always easier to pledge loyalty when there is no tricky decision to be made. Which is why Levy has to dig deeper than ever before and put an end to any murmurs once and for all by breaking the bank for Europe’s greatest scorer.
“If Harry is happy to stay at Tottenham, then pay him the wages his status merits.
“And if that means sending a rocket through the club’s pay structure, so be it.
“Not just for Kane’s future and peace of mind, but for every other player at the club and those that may have their eyes on signing further down the line.
“Tying him down for six years, maybe even longer, would prove how serious Levy is about keeping him for good.”
Kane has won the Premier League golden boot in each of the last two seasons and is on course to make it a hat-trick after taking his tally for the campaign to 22 from 25 matches – one more than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah – with his penalty in Sunday’s 2-2 thriller at Anfield.
The England international has now scored 100 Premier League goals and, in all competitions this season, has netted 31 times in 32 games.
In other Tottenham news, Joe Lewis’ transfer plan at White Hart Lane this summer is revealed.
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By Richard Parks