Tottenham’s dumfounding insistence on ignoring Harry Kane has prompted Southampton to ready a £10m bid for the England Under-21 man in January.
Despite the profligacy of Spurs’ first-choice striking twosome, Mauricio Pochettino refuses to hand the Big Red Machine a crack at the Premier League whip.
Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have three goals between them this campaign, whereas Kane, by stark contrast, has seven.
The 21-year-old has done the bulk of his bidding in the Europa League, where he’s fired six in just three outings, but this curries no favour with the Spurs management team.
Kane’s Premier League minute-count currently stands at 62 across five substitute appearances.
Clearly not rated at White Hart Lane, a sizeable bid from the cash-rich St Mary’s outfit will surely be welcomed by the Lilywhite head honchos, who have supposedly set about renewing their interest in Saints forward Jay Rodriguez.
Aside from Graziano Pelle, Southampton lack a powerful, target-man type to lead their line and Kane’s finishing prowess makes him the ideal candidate to share the load with the on-song Italian.
With three goals in six league starts last term, the Enfield native’s record suggests he will locate the back of the net if the faith is placed in him and, at £10m, he would represent something of a bargain.
Young Lions colleague Saido Berahino was linked to a £25m move to Liverpool recently, but their comparable records in Gareth Southgate’s side suggest Kane’s valuation is someway short of what it should be.
Burundi-born Berahino has seven top-tier goals to his name so far, but if his Spurs counterpart was afforded the same unbridled access to the first team his numbers could rival the West Brom man’s.
The perennial periphery dweller has bagged six in eight for England’s Under-21 outfit, while his contemporary has ten in ten.
Whenever he’s been trusted to deliver, the Tottenham youngster has done so and Southampton would provide him with the perfect platform upon which to air his obvious ability.
Should the deal go through, the 7/10 about Saints outperforming their north London rivals in the Premier League this season will possess even greater appeal.