Jose Mourinho Reportedly Would Target Harry Kane as Manchester United Manager

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 19, 2016

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho winks while waiting for the start of the Champions League group G soccer match between Chelsea and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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Jose Mourinho would reportedly look to sign Tottenham Hotspur frontman Harry Kane if he were to be appointed Manchester United manager this summer.

According to ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney, sources claim the England striker would be Mourinho's "primary transfer target" amid rumours he'll replace incumbent Louis van Gaal at the Old Trafford helm. 

Harry Kane is arguably the most valuable player at White Hart Lane.
Harry Kane is arguably the most valuable player at White Hart Lane.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Mourinho has been out of a job since Chelsea fired him in December, but speculation of a move to Manchester United has been rife in the months since.

Delaney elaborated upon the ties linking Mourinho with a move to the Red Devils, where he has already gone about research into how the team can be improved:

If Mourinho gets the job, he sees 22-year-old Kane's high work rate and intensity as a key element of his plan to revitalise United. 

ESPN FC revealed in January that he had put together a dossier detailing his analysis of United and how he would improve them.

Those plans involve bringing up to five new first-team players -- two defenders, a central midfielder, a fast right winger and a mobile striker. 

Mourinho is said to have been hugely impressed by Kane's performance in Tottenham's 5-3 win over his Chelsea side in January last year.

Manchester United's defence has been among the stingiest in England this term, but their attack has lacked consistency, relying too much on the individual brilliance of last summer's £36 million signing, Anthony Martial.

Speaking to BT Sport, Mourinho recently insisted that despite a disappointing end to his second spell at Stamford Bridge, he's a better manager because of that experience, per Fletch and Sav:

While Mourinho has been away from the Premier League, Tottenham talisman Kane has continued to feature as one of its biggest stars, scoring 19 goals in his 30 league outings this season.

Bet365 highlighted his form after a slow start to the campaign, and he is once again on track to become the most prolific England scorer in the Premier League:

The 22-year-old would find himself competing against England team-mate and captain Wayne Rooney were he to arrive at Old Trafford, but the veteran appears to be taking more and more of a back seat in the United setup.

Kane may be considered the England star of the future, but United will have a tremendous task on their hands if they hope to convince the north Londoners into selling one of the biggest reasons behind their Premier League title challenge.