Wayne Rooney champions Harry Kane as perfect No.9 amid Man Utd transfer interest

Wayne Rooney has praised Harry Kane and compared him to Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy, as speculation linking the Tottenham Hotspur star with a move to Old Trafford continues to grow.

The Red Devils are reportedly weighing up a world-record £200m bid for the England captain, who recently put Europe’s giant clubs on alert.

The 26-year-old, who has scored 183 goals in 278 Spurs appearances, admitted last month that he would not stay at the north London club “for the sake of it”.

And although United are unlikely to meet the huge asking price and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has claimed he would not sell to a Premier League rival, Rooney maintains that he would build a team around Kane.

“In the last two seasons we’ve seen him drop deeper more and play balls in behind and he’s very good at it, as we saw when England beat Spain in Seville," Rooney told The Sunday Times.

“But if I were managing Harry, I’d be telling him to stay high as that No 9. His biggest strength is finishing and he strikes the ball so well that from 20 yards or closer he should be looking to hit it whenever possible.

"Harry is a classic No 9, the closest I’ve seen to Ruud. If I were building a team, he’s the one I’d start with. Harry Kane: there’s my No 9. Then I’d build the rest around him.”

Rooney also believes that Kane will soon overtake his record 53 goals for England. “I don’t think it will take long for Harry Kane to claim my England record and it would be a proud moment for me,” he added.

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