Manchester United executive-vice chairman Ed Woodward will not shy away from talks with the notoriously difficult negotiator Daniel Levy in an attempt to sign Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.
United have been linked with making a move for Kane as it was claimed the England international wanted to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding project at Old Trafford.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has had a difficult start to life in north London after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino, was axed in November.
Injuries to key men Kane and Heung-min Son have left Spurs with a major striker crisis.
And they could be in a worse position this summer if United follow up their interest in Kane.
The Evening Standard report that Woodward is preparing to go into a boardroom battle with Levy.
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It is said former United chief David Gill refused to deal with Levy during his pursuit of Luka Modric, who was sold to Real Madrid.
But Woodward will not be shying away from any talks, regardless of how tough it is to deal with his opposite number.
The Evening Standard adds that Woodward was confident of taking on his Spurs counterpart for Gareth Bale in 2013 and Pochettino last summer.
United will be in the market for another forward when the transfer window reopens after missing out on Erling Braut Haaland in January.
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The Norwegian opted to join Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg because of the pull of Champions League football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer instead signed Odion Ighalo on a six-month loan from the Chinese Super League.
But the Nigerian is expected to return to his parent club at the end of the season.
Solskjaer has hinted he could Ighalo beyond this summer but signing world class competition for Anthony Martial is a top priority.
“[Ighalo] is doing what it says on the tin. He’s come in and he’s playing up front, a different type of striker,” he said.
“He gets chances every game. [I’m] happy with him. Gives us a chance when Mason [Greenwood] and Anthony [Martial] can be kept fresh.”
“It doesn’t hurt [living the dream] but he’s here on merit, he’s here because he is a goalscorer and a different type of striker for us.
“We might get to the summer and think we want to extend this, who knows?
“He’s come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his five minutes against Chelsea, he scored against Brugge, he had chances against Watford, he had a very good save [from a shot] against Everton – there have been good saves, he doesn’t miss the target very often.
“Even for Anthony, Mason and Marcus [Rashford] to learn that it is where the sharks are swimming. It’s comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots. It’s in there where it might be a bit tougher and you might get hurt – that’s where you get goals.”
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