Tottenham told to demand Raheem Sterling in any Harry Kane transfer deal

Soccer Saturday and Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes Tottenham should demand Raheem Sterling in any deal that sees Harry Kane join Manchester City.

Kane, 28, was deemed not fit enough to feature for Spurs in their 1-0 win over the club who want to sign him on Sunday and remains keen on a move to the Etihad.

Reports in The Athletic suggest the wantaway striker still hasn't integrated himself back into the first-team squad since returning to first-team training on Friday after testing negative for Covid-19.

He has been included in the club's 25-man squad for Thursday's Europa Conference League play-off first-leg against Pacos de Ferreira, but it is unclear whether he will play any part in the match.

The only thing we do know is that Kane's future remains uncertain.

And Reds legend Thompson, winner of seven First Division titles during his time at Anfield, believes Tottenham should only sell if they receive an offer of £125million – or a player in return.

Speaking to Paddy Power, he said: "When you see that Jack Grealish has gone from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100m, the minimum that Daniel Levy and Spurs could accept for Harry Kane now is £125m, in my opinion.

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"A player swap and cash could sweeten that deal, but there mightn’t be many Manchester City players who want to move to Spurs?

"Gabriel Jesus could be one, but would he really fill Spurs’ fans with hope that they’re getting a star player in exchange for losing a 30-goal-a-season striker? I don’t think so!"

"It has to be a player of real stature like Kane to win the fans over and fellow England international Raheem Sterling fits the bill.

"Any deal involving Sterling would get the Spurs fans’ buzzing and could prove very good business for Daniel Levy as the club look to pay down the stadium costs."

Thompson added that the double blow of losing Kane during a season without any Champions League football would be a bitter pill to swallow for Spurs fans.

But the arrival of someone like Sterling could put smiles back on faces and prove that the club is moving in the right direction, even without their talismanic striker.

"There’s no Champions League football for the North London side this season and I’d struggle to see them making the top six at this stage – never mind the top four – particularly if Harry Kane leaves," Thompson added.

"That’s why a big-name signing like Sterling could bring them hope that they’re moving in the right direction again.

"It will also make it easier for them to attract big-name signings in the future.

Spurs are in danger of losing their biggest icon but they have the chance to bring in a player of real quality if they play their cards right."

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