Dyche reveals he nearly signed Kane for Burnley

Sean Dyche reveals he nearly signed Harry Kane for Burnley but the club REFUSED to meet Spurs’ £7m asking price… as the England captain was still an ‘unproven’ talent in the league

  • Sean Dyche revealed the England striker nearly joined Burnley during his tenure 
  • Dyche claimed the club refused to meet Spurs’ £7m asking price at the time 
  • Kane, who was far from an established star, was still ‘unproven’ in the league 

Sean Dyche has revealed he nearly signed a young Harry Kane for Burnley, but the club refused to meet Spurs’ asking price.

Things could’ve been very different for Kane, who starred in England’s 1-0 Nations League defeat to Italy on Friday, had his move to Turf Moor gone through.

The England captain was playing under Tim Sherwood at the time, who Dyche has revealed priced Burnley out of the signing the Spurs forward.

Sean Dyche revealed he nearly signed Harry Kane back when he was Burnley manager

Kane was valued at £7million by Tottenham at the time – more than Burnley were willing to pay

Speaking on The Fozcast, Dyche said: ‘I phoned up about him and at the time, I think it was Tim Sherwood, immediately said £7m and we were in the market for like £3m.’

A price which Ben Foster, the podcast host, scoffs at and reiterates the Kane was not a well-known player at the time. 

‘Unproven, exactly, and you’re Burnley. I went to the board and they said ‘we can’t do that,’ Dyche continued.

Kane broke onto the scene at Tottenham in 2013-14 before becoming an established star

‘Now you might have even got, I don’t know, five plus add-ons but at the time we were looking at I think George Boyd [who would become] record signing at the time for like £3m, so we just couldn’t do it.’

‘But Harry Kane, I always thought he was an amazing player and still do now.’ 

Sherwood took charge of Spurs midway through the 2013-14 season where Kane appeared just 10 times for the north London outfit, as he continued to break into the first-team.

Dyche said he phoned up Tim Sherwood, Spurs manager at the time, to discuss a transfer


Kane scored his first three league goals for Tottenham that season before having his breakthrough season the year after, netting 21 goals in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old has gone on to score 189 goals in the division and currently sits third in the all-time goalscorers list.

The Tottenham striker, who has stayed at Spurs his entire career so far, is also second in England’s all-time scoring list – three behind Wayne Rooney. 

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