Spurs threat for Kane and Lloris nears

Pay gap could force stars to quit Tot­ten­ham

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY MATT BAR­LOW /

Tot­ten­ham will risk los­ing Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris if they refuse to im­prove the ex­ist­ing wage struc­ture to ac­com­mo­date their two big­gest stars.

Kane wants pay par­ity with fel­low Eng­land strik­ers Jamie Vardy and Daniel Stur­ridge who earn in the re­gion of £120,000 (Sh15.2m) a week but ini­tial con­tract talks ended as soon as it be­came clear Spurs were not pre­pared to launch him into their top pay bracket.

Lloris, al­ready the club’s topearner on £90,000 (Sh11.4m) a week, is stalling on a new deal, aware he can de­mand much more on the open mar­ket as one of the best goal­keep­ers in the world.

Chair­man Daniel Levy must solve this cru­cial puz­zle at the heart of the team’s de­vel­op­ment while un­der the fi­nan­cial pres­sures of com­plet­ing a new £750mil­lion (Sh95.15bn) stadium. Levy’s pol­icy to­wards con­tract ex­ten­sions has al­ways been un­der­pinned by his shrewd tech­nique of grant­ing in­cre­men­tal pay rises to im­prov­ing play­ers while adding an­other year or two to the deal.

Tot­ten­ham have proudly an­nounced new con­tracts since the end of last sea­son for Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.

Chris­tian Erik­sen, hav­ing stalled for a year fol­low­ing in­ter­est from Ju­ven­tus which was flatly re­jected by Levy last sum­mer, has signed a new deal worth £70,000 (Sh8.8bn) a week.

While there is no great rush to tie them down Levy would like to ex­tend the deals for Kane and Lloris.

One is the tal­is­manic home­grown goal hero and the other the cap­tain and thought­ful dressing room leader. Lloris has less than three years left on his cur­rent deal, Kane has three and a half. Yet nei­ther player be­lieves their sta­tus is be­ing re­flected in the sort of money Spurs are will­ing to dis­cuss.

Kane was the top scorer in the Premier League last sea­son with 25 goals and at 23 years old he is paid around £60,000 (Sh7.61m) a week.

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