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Kane could be in line for stunning United switch after odds plummet

 

By Robert Jones

Harry Kane could be on the verge of a sensational move to Manchester United after bookmakers slashed his odds to join the Old Trafford club.

A flurry of big bets placed on the England captain joining the Red Devils caused bookies to cut the odds of the deal happening from 33/1 to 4/1.

Real Madrid had been favourites to land the Spurs hitman at 2/1, but as a result of United entering the market, they are now joint favourites, also at 4/1.

Betting giants Paddy Power and Betfair were both forced to quickly reduce their odds in a move that stunned insiders within the companies.

"We are laying Harry Kane to go to Manchester United - it's come from nowhere," said Paddy Power spokesman Lee Price.

"The bets have just kept on coming and we've had to keep slashing and slashing the price. It seems punters can't get enough of it.

"It appears United really could get their man and that Kane may be heading to Old Trafford."

The Golden Boot winner at the recent World Cup in Russia, Kane has long been sought after by Europe's premier clubs, with United linked with him before they signed Romelu Lukaku last summer.

The 24-year-old is coming off the back of a 30-goal campaign for Tottenham last season, and he's been their top scorer in two of the last three seasons, such is his keen eye in front of goal.

Kane has also been shortlisted for The Best Fifa Men's Player award for 2018 after he led his country to fourth place at the World Cup, well beyond the expectations of any pundits.

Despite the speculation, Kane has insisted he wants to be back with Spurs for the start of the season, where's he hoping to end his bad form in August.

"I want to be playing in four weeks' time," Kane said. "We'll have to talk to the gaffer (Mauricio Pochettino) at Spurs. It will be a couple of weeks (off).

"The most important thing is mentally (to be ready). Physically, this has been our pre-season. We tick over and are not going to just do nothing for two weeks. We will ease our way into it.

"Physically your body will take you where you never thought it would. It's always mentally. We train all year round. With the season starting soon it will be hard, but that's something we have to deal with."

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in Manchester United's Marcos Rojo, as they continue their lavish summer expenditure.

While the Argentine has been one of Jose Mourinho's more trusted centre-halves, his injury record has seen him play less than the manager would like over two years, and the club need to sell to facilitate moves elsewhere.

Centre-half is one of the two areas that the United boss is insistent on improving before the transfer window closes, with Toby Alderweireld still the top option, so he is thereby likely to be open to the sale of Rojo.

Mourinho himself has long wanted to discard up to six players still in his squad for a more efficient set-up, and is said by sources to have been almost more frustrated with that than the lack of purchases.

Wolves have meanwhile had one of the more eye-catching windows in the Premier League, bringing in signings such as Joao Moutinho from Monaco, and the signing of a defender like Rojo would represent another upgrade in quality.

Another defender could be on his way out of Old Trafford as well, with Matteo Darmian admitting he wants to leave United, with Mourinho open to the idea of the full-back's sale.

The 28-year-old, who has struggled to cement a starting place since joining from Torino in 2015, confirmed his intention to seek a new club.

Speaking to a number of national newspapers, Darmian said: "I want to play more regularly. Last season, I didn't play much, that's my objective and my ambition.

"That's why I spoke with the manager and also with the club about my future. I want to leave but we will see what happens because we don't know."

Darmian, who started just five Premier League games last season, has been linked with a return to Italy.

When asked if Serie A would be his preferred move, he said: "It's an option. Yes, probably.

"We will see what happens. If I stay, I stay and I will do what I have done up until now. If I go, it is because the offer that another team makes will be good."

Darmian's potential departure could leave Mourinho short of a right-back ahead of the new season with Antonio Valencia and new signing Diogo Dalot both injured.

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