Tottenham striker Harry Kane sits on the ground

Harry Kane could see his transfer fee drop if he is regarded by elite clubs as an injury-prone player — but it also means Tottenham are more likely to keep him.

That is according to finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with Kane sidelined with injuries to both ankles.

The England captain’s injury situation is not as bad as first feared and, quoted in The Athletic, Jose Mourinho said: “I believe for one of these matches he should be back next week.”

But after 11 injuries since 2012 — including five to his ankles — there are often lingering fears among Spurs and England fans alike regarding his fitness.

But Maguire believes Kane’s current issues would not prevent the likes of Real Madrid from attempting to buy him but that sustained problems will impact any player’s fee.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “When fit, he’s pretty much an unstoppable force, although he hasn’t played many 38-game seasons.

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“In terms of the finance, if you are a recruiting team, one of the first things you ask is how many matches has he played in the last three years.

“If I was Real Madrid, I would take the asset-liability into consideration. But Hazard used to get injuries every now and again and it didn’t stop them signing him.

“It goes without saying that, for a player of Harry’s potential fee, they would do a thorough medical.

“If the perception in the industry is that he is another Darren Anderton, then that could even be to Spurs benefit in that they are more likely to keep hold of him.

“But I don’t think that is the case at all.”

Kane has once again been in supreme form in 2020-21.

No player in the Premier League has more goal contributions than the 27-year-old, who has scored 12 and registered 11 assists.

In other news, a former Tottenham man has said he was “blown away” by one of their deadline day moves.