Stuart Pearce: Harry Kane Would Not Be Interested in a Move to Manchester United

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2019

Tottenham's Harry Kane during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Stuart Pearce has stated he doesn't believe Harry Kane would accept a transfer to Manchester United after Roy Keane said his former club should sign the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

The Old Trafford legend was part of Sky Sports' Super Sunday punditry team during United's 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday against Liverpool, and Keane said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should capture Kane to strengthen his starting XI.

Keane gave his opinion after Gary Neville and Graeme Souness debated the lack of quality in United's forward line:

However, former England skipper Pearce said on TalkSport's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday that Kane would not desire a switch to the fallen giants in the near future:

"When you look at United in years gone by, that's what Sir Alex used to do.

"Van Nistelrooy, Cole, Sheringham, Berbatov – he used to go out and buy the best centre forward who was available at the time.

"Also there are question marks over the character of the dressing room at United, and when you sign Harry Kane you get a top character a well, a top professional.

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"But Harry Kane is one of the few players who you feel has an affection, a real connection with the club he plays for, and that's going to be a problem.

"There's no Champions League football at Old Trafford at the moment, so that's a problem as well. That's what players want, that's the clamour."

Both United and Spurs have suffered poor starts to their campaigns, and the Red Devils have scored just 10 goals during their nine Premier League games, which includes the 4-0 opening-day victory over Chelsea.

Kane has netted seven in 11 games in the Premier League and Europe this term, and despite his club's struggles in seventh place, the striker remains as potent as ever.

Inter Milan's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez (CL) and Inter Milan's Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku (R) jog during a training session at the training ground of Appiano Gentile, north of Milan on September 16, 2019 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Gro

United allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan last summer, leaving Solskjaer without an established No. 9 in his squad.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been trusted to score the goals United need, but the Frenchman has missed two months due to injury and has played only four Premier League games this season. Martial returned to United's squad against Liverpool, featuring in a six-minute cameo off the bench at the end of the north-west derby.

If the 23-year-old can stay fit for an extended period, the Paris-born forward could be used as United's regular No. 9 for the rest of the season, giving him a chance to prove himself as a goalscorer.

SOFIA, BULGARIA - OCTOBER 14: Harry Kane of England during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England on October 14, 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Kane is one of the best forwards in the world, and if he requested a move away from Spurs, a queue of the best teams in the world would knock on his door.

Solskjaer would love to purchase a player of Kane's caliber, but 14th-placed United must find a way into the UEFA Champions League in order to sign football's greatest talents.