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Prolific Harry Kane spurred on by ton of Premier League goals

By Nick Mashiter

Harry Kane has targeted a century of Premier League goals as he closes in on defending the Golden Boot.

The Tottenham striker hit four in Spurs' 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday to move two clear of Romelu Lukaku in the race to be this season's top scorer.

Kane has 26 league goals, including eight in his last seven appearances, with Everton's Lukaku on 24 ahead of tomorrow's final games of the season.

Runners-up Tottenham go to Hull, with Kane having scored 70 times in his last 90 top-flight appearances to take his overall tally to 75 goals.

Such prolific scoring has caught the attention of high-profile teams abroad, with Real Madrid reportedly lining up a mega deal for the striker in the summer.

With Madrid also showing interest in bringing team-mate Dele Alli to the Bernabeu, and Inter Milan keen on manager Mauricio Pochettino, it will be a tough summer for Spurs trying to keep all their key figures.

But England forward Kane is focusing on scoring goals for his current club and is hoping it will not be too long before he hits the three figure mark.

"I think I said to someone the other day it would be great if I can get to that 100 club by the end of next season," Kane said.

Only 26 players in Premier League history have reached 100 goals, with Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch the only four on that list still playing in England's top flight.

"I am on 75 in the league and if there is another season like this then hopefully I can get to the 100. It would be a fantastic achievement," Kane added.

"I think there were three games I did not score in (at the start of the season) and then I went on a good run.

"The biggest thing I'm proud of is that I had two big injuries and was out for 11 weeks so to still be there at the top of the Premier League and to score 30-plus goals (across all competitions) is a big achievement.

"Hopefully next season I can get off in the first game, get a couple of goals and go from there."

Kane scored 25 goals last season to claim the Golden Boot, as Tottenham finished third having netted 21 times in 2014-15.

Lukaku's Everton go to Arsenal tomorrow and Kane believes his rival would have watched him score four with envy.

The 23-year-old said: "I am sure he is not too happy. But there is still one game to go and I'm sure he's determined to score a hat-trick. They have a tough game against Arsenal.

"We have Hull away and I'm looking to get a couple of goals. So there is still all to play for in my eyes but I could not have dreamt of scoring four.

"It is the first time I've scored four goals in my professional career. To be able to do that was amazing."

Kane's team-mates Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker could be available for Tottenham's trip to Hull having recovered from injuries.

The defenders missed Thursday's 6-1 win at Leicester with Trippier out with concussion and Walker nursing an ankle knock, meaning Toby Alderweireld played at right-back at the King Power Stadium.

Danny Rose is out after undergoing surgery on his knee, Erik Lamela remains unavailable with a hip injury but Christian Eriksen may return after being an unused substitute at Leicester.

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