Man City boss Pep Guardiola unable to answer Harry Kane Tottenham transfer question

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Pep Guardiola was unable to provide a straight answer when asked whether Manchester City will sign Harry Kane from Tottenham before the end of the transfer window. 

The Premier League champions have a long-standing interest in the England captain but Spurs are remaining firm on their stance that he will not leave this summer.  

Kane made his first Premier League appearance of the season as the north Londoners defeated Wolves 1-0, with Dele Alli scoring the only goal of the game.  

The 28-year-old missed Spurs’ victory by the same scoreline against City the weekend prior due to his lack of fitness. He had only just started building his fitness the Thursday before the game and joined his team-mates for full training last Monday.  

City responded to their opening day setback by thumping Norwich City 5-0 at the Etihad. 

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Record signing Jack Grealish scored his first goal for the club but Guardiola remains keen to sign a striker.  

City allowed iconic forward Sergio Aguero to join Barcelona when his contract expired at the end of June and their attack lacked a clinical edge in their defeat against Spurs.  

However, despite recently openly admitting that Kane is a top transfer target, Guardiola insisted that he would be happy with his squad even if no more additions are made.  

“When we decide to not sign a contract for Aguero and people [ask] what we’re going to do, I said many times – it’ll depend on the market, the options,” he said. 

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“Maybe we buy or maybe we’ll not. We still have 10 days in the transfer market, we’re going to see what happens, and it depends on that what decision we are going to take. 

“If the team is the same one, I said before the 5-0, I’m more than pleased with the team. I know them really well, they know me really well. 

“We put in incredible energy this week to realise that still we want to be there, to try to compete with the good teams in England and good teams in Europe. 

We want to be there. The group of people are fantastic, the players have incredible quality, so I cannot complain.

“I’ve never complained since I arrived day one.  

“I will not do it now, but of course the club has an obligation, the duty to look forward, to get better, to feel we can still be there with a tough Premier League. This is what we are going to do.” 

The Daily Telegraph have claimed that City will make one final bid for Kane before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.  

Kane is believed to be open to leaving Spurs this summer in pursuit of silverware, which has eluded him during his 11-year senior career. 

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