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Tottenham to offer Man United targets captaincy roles to ward off transfer interest

Tottenham are to offer Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane the club captaincy and vice-captaincy respectively in order to try and ward off Manchester United, reports the Daily Telegraph.

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Manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes this will be enough to keep the pair at White Hart Lane. The Red Devils are interested in the duo as they look to strengthen their squad to compete in the Champions League and improve their position in the Premier League [Daily Star].

Kane has drawn Louis van Gaal’s eye following an unbelievable break-out season in the top flight. The 21-year-old scored 32 goals in 55 appearances last time round, which is especially impressive considering he wasn’t even a starter at the beginning of the campaign.

He even won his first senior England cap back in March, scoring on his debut vs. Lithuania.

Real Madrid were also linked to the young striker earlier in the year, with the Daily Mail reporting earlier in the year that the forward had been scouted three times by the ten-time Champions League giants. It remains to be seen whether Rafael Benitez is also keen on bringing the Chingford-born star to the Bernabeu.

Meanwhile Lloris could be seen as a potential replacement for David De Gea, who has been strongly linked to Real Madrid [Daily Mail]. Despite playing behind a less-than-convincing Tottenham defence-only four Premier League sides conceded more than the Lillywhites last term-Lloris has regularly distinguished himself with a series of outstanding displays.

Last season, Pochettino appointed Younes Kaboul captain, but after a poor start to the campaign the Frenchman rarely played. All in all, the 29-year-old managed only eleven Premier League outings last term.

This left Lloris as de facto skipper for much of the time, meaning this potential step up isn’t that surprising. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kane both captained the team at times as well, but with the Togo international being linked away by the Metro the latter has an open goal for the vice-captain role.

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