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Tottenham: Kane targeted; Koeman on Sissoko; defender out of European opener

When a career rises as rapidly as Harry Kane’s has, it is bound to draw some attention. Virtually unknown this time two years ago, the Spurs striker now has a Premier League golden boot to his name, is England’s first choice striker and will make his debut in the Champions League next week.

But Spurs may face a battle to hang onto Kane, as Serie A club AC Milan are prepared to offer the North London club around £42 million in January to take the Englishman to the San Siro.

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Kane’s all round game and excellent hold up play is highly valued in Italy, and he has even received endorsements from the likes of Diego Maradona, who said that the Tottenham forward should be the man to replace Gonzalo Higuain if the Argentine left Napoli in the summer.

There were rumours of a move to Naples for Kane, but they came to nothing, as will the rumours of a transfer to Milan. Not only will Spurs hold out for a bigger fee for the 23-year-old, it is also highly unlikely that the player himself will wish to leave the club where he is adored by the fans. There has even been recent talk of a new, improved contract for Kane at White Hart Lane, scuppering the chances of AC Milan and their new Chinese backers coming in with a bid.

The forward is naturally hot property on the transfer market, but it would have to take a much better offer than a move to AC Milan to actually encourage the club and player to part ways.

Elsewhere, Everton boss Ronald Koeman has bemoaned the nature of the transfer market after losing out to Spurs in the race to sign French midfielder Moussa Sissoko at the end of the window.

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Koeman says he spoke to the 27-year-old, who was interested in a move to Goodison Park, ten days before the close of the window, but the Frenchman elected for Tottenham at the last minute when the London club matched Everton’s offer late on deadline day.

Sissoko famously said that he was sitting at home watching reports of his move to Everton being completed, and that Tottenham were by far his first choice, but the news of prior contact between Koeman and the £30 million signing show that Spurs were close to missing out on their man.

Time will tell if he proves to be worth the money, but Tottenham put a lot of investment into the transfer to ensure they trumped Everton in the market, and the Frenchman will have to show the bustling form he displayed in the Euros for France to repay the trust of his new club. He can start this weekend when he makes his debut against Stoke City.

One player who won’t be playing against Stoke, though, is left-back Danny Rose, who will also miss the Champions League game against Monaco with a hamstring injury.

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Rose picked up the injury on England duty, and Wales left-back Ben Davies will be the man to provide able cover for the number three. Davies is perhaps a better all-round defender than Rose, but Spurs will miss the attacking threat provided by the English defender. Still, they shouldn’t be too badly affected by the loss of their first choice left back.

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