New Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes (centre) poses for photographs with owner Abdallah Lemsagam, right, and new assistant coach Mick Priest during a press conference on February 11, 2019. Picture: ACTION IMAGES via REUTERS/CARL RECINE
New Oldham Athletic manager Paul Scholes (centre) poses for photographs with owner Abdallah Lemsagam, right, and new assistant coach Mick Priest during a press conference on February 11, 2019. Picture: ACTION IMAGES via REUTERS/CARL RECINE

Bengaluru — Paul Scholes says Manchester United lack a prolific centre-forward and should prioritise a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane over Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.      

United have been strongly linked with a move for the 20-year-old Sancho, but media reports say the club have balked at Dortmund’s valuation of about £100m.

England captain Kane signed a six-year contract extension with Spurs in 2018 but said in March he could leave if they do not progress in the right direction.

“Don’t get me wrong, Sancho is a top-quality footballer. I think he would improve any team in world football,” Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles with United, told BT Sport.

“His stats say that he is a goalscorer, he will make and score lots of goals. I just think we already have three forwards or wide men that are very similar to Sancho, possibly not quite as good as him, but potentially I think they could be.”

Scholes said Kane is the out-and-out goalscorer United need right now.

“I think if that is Harry Kane you are talking about, I would be more desperate to sign him than Sancho at this stage,” he added. “I just think United need a centre-forward, a real No 9, a real goalscorer, and Kane would be that man for me.” 

Reuters

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