Former Southampton striker Kevin Phillips has claimed Manchester City are likely to end their pursuit of Tottenham superstar striker Harry Kane and will likely to go with a more cost-effective alternative.
Pep Guardiola is keen to add a new striker to his squad this summer to replace Sergio Agüero, who left the club after a ten-year spell in Manchester and Harry Kane has been their top target in the ongoing transfer window.
The Premier League champions are thought to be have made a £100m offer for the England captain but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to part ways with Kane this summer and has slapped a staggering £150m price tag on the marksman’s head to fend off potential suitors.
It’s no secret the England international would jump at the chance to join Pep Guardiola’s trophy-hoarding side, with Manchester City reportedly still willing to up their bid from the £100million they offered earlier in the summer.
Despite with about five weeks of the transfer window remaining, ex-Saints striker Kevin Phillips believes the Citizens will miss out on the Spurs talisman.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Phillips has suggested that the Manchester outfit will ditch the idea of Kane and pursue a cheaper move for the likes of Southampton’s Danny Ings instead.
“It won’t happen now, which is huge for Tottenham” the ex-Premier League striker said.“Guardiola has already come out and said that’s too much for Man City to pay. So I’d be surprised now if Kane does end up going to Man City.
“They can afford it but he’s not going to be an asset that in four or five years you get your money back for him. So you can sort of write that money off.
“Guardiola’s has already shown that he’s not fussed about playing with an out-and-out striker.
“But Danny Ings is obviously a much cheaper option. Would he give you the goals that Harry Kane would? No, but he’s a good player and he’s shown what he can do with Southampton.
“If he was to go to Man City then he’d get more chances. He’s a goalscorer and he works his socks off. We know City like to press and he can do that.“
With the situation surrounding Kane seemingly in the balance, as Tottenham chief Daniel Levy stands firm on his £150 million valuation, Manchester City may have to start considering alternatives to their number one target.
One name that has continuously cropped up over the past few months is Southampton centre-forward Danny Ings, with the 28 year-old reportedly turning down attempts from his employers to renew his existing deal.