Sources: Big development in Man United bid to beat Chelsea to Harry Kane signing

Man United have stepped up their bid to prise Harry Kane from Tottenham this summer with a weekend transfer mission, Football Insider understands.

The 20-times Premier League champions have been strongly linked with Kane in recent weeks after this site first broke the news he wants to quit Spurs in the upcoming window.

A United source has told Football Insider the club are making final checks on Kane before deciding how far they are willing to pursue him and what they could potentially pay.

United chief scout Jim Lawlor was at Elland Road on Saturday specifically to watch Kane in action in Spurs’ 3-1 defeat to Leeds United.

He was ineffective in a poor team performance as the Londoners lost ground in the battle to secure European football next season.

But that will not stop United from pursuing the England captain in the summer window.

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The attendance of Lawlor, chief scout at United since 2005, is proof not only of the Europa League finalists’ interest but also the strength of it.

The Irishman has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho as well as current boss Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer and is an immensely respected talent spotter.

United and Chelsea are emerging as the two leading clubs in the race for Kane.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday how Kane is a top target for the Londoners and they are ready to line up a huge bid for him if given encouragement over a deal.

The forward is “hell bent” on quitting Spurs this summer and that has been strengthened by recent events including the team’s limp showing in their League Cup final defeat to Man City and the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

In other news, “Tottenham will lose Kane if this man is appointed manager” – whatever Daniel Levy does.