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Manchester City failed to sign a striker in the summer transfer window but have been tipped by former England international Carlton Palmer to go after their top target Harry Kane once again in the January transfer window.
Pep Guardiola’s side made their interest in Tottenham captain Kane well known throughout the summer months, with bids for the striker reaching a huge £128million at their peak.
However, with Tottenham wanting a fee of £150m in order to part ways with their prized asset, a deal never came to fruition.
Kane was unhappy with Daniel Levy about the way the Spurs chief handled proceedings, with reports claiming the pair had a gentlemen’s agreement over an acceptable bid.
But, with City refusing to stump up the money, Kane has pledged his allegiance to Spurs, claiming he is looking forward to the season ahead.
Regardless, City are still short of a striker as a result.
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Sergio Aguero’s departure to Barcelona after a superb decade at the Etihad Stadium has left a huge void upfront that only Gabriel Jesus is capable of filling.
And with their failed bid for Kane, Guardiola may well be forced into playing the false nine system that he so often utilised last season.
Yet, this is the reason Palmer believes City will go back in for Kane in January – despite the move costing a premium.
“He’s going to cost you upwards of £200m in the deal, and he’s coming on for 29,” Palmer said to Football Transfer Tavern.
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“I think that’s a lot of money to pay for a 29-year-old but if he delivers you the Champions League then fine.
“But if you can get Haaland in for £65 million, and then you put his salary on top, then you’re looking at half that deal and he’s a lot younger so there’s your business.
“We’ll have to see.
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“I think they’ll still go for Harry Kane and they’ll try to bring him in during the next transfer window, for sure.”
City take on Leicester away next in the Premier League in what can only be described as a tough Premier League fixture.
The Citizens beat Arsenal 5-0 last time out, although Leicester will represent a tougher challenge than the Gunners, who went down to 10 men early on.
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