Tottenham Hotspur remain adamant that they will not sell Harry Kane to Manchester United or any other club this summer. Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, met Ed Woodward, the Old Trafford executive vice-chairman, in May as stories first emerged of United’s interest in Kane and he made it plain that he would not entertain any bids for his club’s prized asset. That position has not changed.

The United manager, Louis van Gaal, has few options up front beyond Wayne Rooney, and he suggested after his team’s 1-0 win over Spurs on Saturday that he would like to add a high-class forward. “When we can buy another striker, who has a lot of qualities, more than our players, then we buy,” the Dutchman said. He is also on record as stating his admiration for Kane.

United have not made an official bid for Kane but they are considering whether to do so. Behind Rooney, Van Gaal has Javier Hernández and James Wilson while he also name-checked Adnan Januzaj as a possible option on Saturday. He has seen Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave the club this summer. But any firm move for Kane will be met by strong resistance at White Hart Lane while the 22-year-old, who is under contract until 2020, has shown no inclination to push for the transfer.

Spurs want to sign a new striker as, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado having been made available for transfer, Kane is currently their only available, recognised option. They would like to take Hernández from United but Levy knows that any conversation with Woodward about the Mexico forward would inevitably lead to Kane’s name coming up. As such, Tottenham fear that a deal for Hernández would be difficult to close.

The north London club have an interest in the West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino while they are close to a £10m deal for the Lyon forward Clinton N’Jie, who can play up front or on the right wing.