Ed Woodward’s stance ahead of Harry Kane transfer negotiations as Man Utd

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly relishing the chance to lock horns with Tottenham counterpart Daniel Levy in a bid to land Harry Kane this summer.

Recent reports have claimed Kane is ready to ditch Spurs in search of a new challenge at Old Trafford in the summer after a miserable season in north London likely to spark a major rebuild.

He is interested in joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Old Trafford revival but the club know he will not come cheap.

And the Evening Standard claim Woodward is itching to test his negotiation skills against Levy in a bid to secure the signing of England ace Kane.

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Levy is known as a tough negotiator, leading to former United chief executive David Gill pulling away from a move for Luka Modric in the past.

But Woodward holds no fear and reportedly was full prepared to head onto the table with him when they targeted Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager to replace Jose Mourinho last year.

Whilst the nod was eventually given to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his caretaker reign, the compensation package and talks with Levy were never considered a barrier and the same applies when it comes to Kane.

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Former Tottenham manager Pochettino is still being linked with the Red Devils, although their recent run of form has eased pressure on Solskjaer.

A reunion with Pochettino could add to the appeal for Kane as he considers a fresh challenge.

After beating local rivals Manchester City 2-0 on Sunday, Solskjaer claimed they are three players away from Premier League title contention.

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He said: “For me it shows we are on the right track and improving and we are Manchester United and looking to catch the teams in front of us.

“We feel we are improving all the time.

“We know we lack one, two, three players to be considered a title contender and some experience and we know that.

"We are just going to start talking about going up the table, getting more points.”

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