Tottenham target Antonio Conte’s honest opinion on Harry Kane as star struggles for form

Nuno Espirito Santo reviews Spurs' defeat against Manchester United

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Tottenham managerial target Antonio Conte has waxed lyrical about Harry Kane amid the England captain’s dismal form at the start of this campaign. The Italian could be on his way to north London after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked on Monday, which could have dramatic implications for the rest of Kane’s season. 

Defeat to Manchester United on Saturday proved to be Nuno’s final game in the Spurs hotseat. 

Chairman Daniel Levy was reportedly ‘furious’ with the display, which not only saw them get beaten 3-0, but also fail to register a single shot on target. 

The club’s big-hitters, such as Kane himself, have struggled for form this campaign which has seen Spurs draw blank in front of goal on too many occasions. 

Clearly, the 28-year-old is in need of a pick-me-up, and Conte could provide exactly that. 

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While in charge of London rivals Chelsea in 2017, Conte admitted that he was a big admirer of the England captain. 

“For me, Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world. If I had to buy one striker I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker,” he said.

“He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. He’s a complete player.

“He’s one of the top strikers in the world. If you go to buy Kane now it would be at least £100m. 

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“At least. For me, if I see this price for a striker I know for sure he’s a big striker.”

Conte has a superb track record of working with big, physical strikers such as Kane – as shown by the likes of Diego Costa at Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan. 

Express Sport understands that the former Juventus boss is in advanced talks to take the reins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so the striker could be given a new lease of life sooner rather than later. 

Meanwhile, Nuno’s stint at Tottenham lasted just four months after beginning the summer way down their list of managerial targets. 

Conte was one such manager who was allegedly ahead of him in the pecking order, but wages and transfer demands proved a stumbling block at that moment in time. 

Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici appear to have reached a compromise this time around, however, with success likely to come at a price. 

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