Like many Arsenal fans, Ray Parlour believes we need a number of big money signings this summer. The ex-Arsenal star has suggested we go after Harry Kane though, claiming the Tottenham star is actually an Arsenal fan and would jump at the chance to move across north London, as reported by talkSPORT.
While few would disagree that we need to sign a top quality striker during the next transfer window, it’s hard to see Kane being the player that arrives. Parlour disagrees though, and believes that along with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, he should be the man we target.
“I think we might need to spend £70million-£80million this summer to get the right players in to challenge next season,” he said.
“But they’re not too far away. I think Arsenal are just lacking two real big characters in midfield, they need a Tony Adams type player, like Mats Hummels, at centre-half and a top class striker, there’s no doubt about that.
“Look, I played with Ian Wright and Thierry Henry… we all know we need a top quality striker.
“Mesut Özil has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League this season, so that just shows you he’s creating chances, but is there a man to finish them off?”
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Mats Hummels already looks out of the question, with the German defender seemingly ready to make the switch to Bayern Munich this summer (via Sky Sports), so we’ll definitely need to find another defender to target.
Are we any more likely to sign Harry Kane though?
“Harry Kane, maybe?” Parlour responded, when asked which striker he’d like to sign.
“That’s who I’d go for. He’s an Arsenal fan!
“Have you seen the pictures of his in 2004 with an Arsenal shirt on?
“He’s one of our own!”
A lot can change in 12 years, and having been with Tottenham for so long Kane might not have the same feelings about Arsenal anymore.
He clearly was a bit of a Gooner all those years ago:
Harry Kane celebrating Arsenal winning the title at White Hart Lane in 2004. pic.twitter.com/viTKJCsvYc
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But he’s spent so many years with his Arsenal hating teammates, that he’s unlikely to want to make the controversial switch to the Emirates. And even if he did, how much would he cost? And would Tottenham really be willing to sell?
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We’d have plenty of competition for his signature, and even if we did stump up £50m for him, surely Spurs would rather sell him to anyone other than us? Even at a bit of a loss.