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Tottenham risk losing Harry Kane to Manchester United - Tim Sherwood

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Sherwood - Kane could be tempted to leave Spurs

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood believes Spurs must win some kind of silverware this season in order to avoid losing Harry Kane to one of the elite clubs including Manchester United.

The England international has firmly established himself as the best striker in the Premier League, scoring 80 goals just in the space of three seasons. 

Alan Shearer is currently the Premier League's top goal-getter with 260 goals but his record looks under serious threat, should Kane remain in the top-flight.

The 24-year-old penned a fresh long-term deal with Spurs during the previous campaign, but speculation linking him with a move elsewhere does not seem to cease.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sherwood believes that Kane's association with Spurs could be at risk, should they go trophyless for another season under Mauricio Pochettino.

He added that the striker's head is likely to be turned by any future interest from Barcelona or Real Madrid while Manchester United remain a realistic option in England.

“There’s only so much loyalty someone can show. Tottenham have been a great club for Harry and he’s been paying them back tenfold," he told Sky Sports.

“But that only lasts a certain amount of time. Then he starts seeing the pound signs and sees the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or – dare I say it – Manchester United – and then your head gets turned.

“The only way they can keep him is to win something this year. That something might not be the Carabao Cup, it might have to be the league or the FA Cup."

Tottenham Hotspur have come close to securing the Premier League title in recent seasons having finished second and third respectively.

However, they face a stiffer task this time around with both Manchester clubs - Manchester City and Manchester United, having significantly strengthened their squads.

The Cup competitions remain their best bet of securing a trophy this term following their recent progress to the fourth round of the League Cup.