Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Harry Kane Rumours, Philipp Lahm Eyed

Manchester United‘s hopes of signing Tottenham Hotspur starlet Harry Kane have been dashed with Spurs’ confirmation that he is staying with the club.  

Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and owner Daniel Levy answered speculation on Friday around Kane’s future during a Q&A session with fans on Facebook. As reported by Tom Edwards of the Daily Telegraph, “A fan posted the question ‘Is Harry Kane staying?’ and both men replied with an emphatic ‘Yes!'” 

Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports United’s “interest” in Kane, who enjoyed a breakout 2014-15 season at White Hart Lane. Kane bagged 21 goals and provided four assists in 34 Premier League appearances, securing a first-team spot after an impressive run of strikes during Spurs’ Europa League schedule, per

Only Manchester City‘s Sergio Aguero finished ahead of Kane in the domestic scoring stakes. As such, Kane received the PFA Young Player of the Year award after a whirlwind season which also saw him captain Spurs and net on his England debut.

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao notched just 26 Premier League goals between them, highlighting United manager Louis van Gaal’s need for a new striker. Although Rooney’s return is acceptable for a man who made only 14 appearances in his preferred attacking position—with the rest coming in midfield, per WhoScored—United should crave greater options on the break.

Kane is a quality holdup player, but he is also someone who naturally strides forward and forces defenders to commit. He is a clinical finisher from inside of and outside of the box, a deadly set-piece taker and someone who possesses noticeable self-belief.

Van Gaal has been working on transfers since January to ensure any new arrivals can have a proper pre-season with the club. If Pochettino’s and Levy’s comments don’t put him off, Kane’s hectic summer schedule might, per Sky Sports:

When recently asked if he would accept a move to a bigger club, Kane replied: “No, Tottenham is a big club and that’s the way I see it,” as reported by Mokbel. “There’s a very bright future ahead and I’m happy. The whole team is happy and we are all heading in the same direction.”



Lahm Looking for New Challenge?

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm recently admitted he has turned down the opportunity to join United in the past, per Daniel Anwar of Squawka. However, Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express cites reports in France when saying the move “could still happen” as the German World Cup winner goes in search of a new challenge.

Jefferson suggests that, because Lahm has won everything possible at the Allianz Arena, he may be itching to try something new. A Premier League or La Liga switch has got him thinking in years gone by, as Lahm told Anwar:

Yes, as a player you always think about your options, and there was a time where Manchester United made an approach for me—and Barcelona looked at me too—so I considered life in England or Spain.

The Premier League was an interesting possibility. But in the end I decided to stay in Germany. Bayern is my home town club and I thought good things could happen for the club, so I signed on for more years, and it proved to be the right decision.

Van Gaal is a “huge admirer” of the versatile player, according to Jefferson, and he could call upon his previous relationship with the German to aid a potential swoop. The pair worked together at Bayern, where Van Gaal won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the DFB Supercup.

Lahm could fulfill two much needed roles for United. The Red Devils need a natural right-back to replace Antonio Valencia, particularly as Van Gaal doesn’t appear intent on utilising Rafael. It’s possible Lahm may also be eyed with a central midfield stint in mind, offering an alternative to United metronome Michael Carrick.

B/R UK’s Alex Dimond recently discussed the players who could leave Old Trafford to make room for such stars:

Kane and Lahm could both make an instant impact at United, albeit in different capacities. The former has already proven himself more than capable at the top level, and he will be itching to ensure “second season syndrome” doesn’t set in. Lahm is a seasoned professional, a natural winner and, most importantly for United, a leader.

Van Gaal needs to find a blend of hungry youngsters and experienced pros to lead United back into the title reckoning, something he will be looking to achieve this summer.

RMT and Network Rail to hold fresh talks in bid to avert strikes

Track operator and Rail, Maritime and Transport union to meet at Acas to try to resolve pay dispute over which members are due to walk out on 4 and 9 June

Fresh talks are to be held between unions and rail bosses in an attempt to avert planned strikes by rail workers over a pay dispute.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.

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Sony Releases The First 8 Minutes Of Summer Rom-Com Aloha To Battle Bad Reviews — Will It Work?!

Very inneresting!!

On Thursday, Sony Pictures released the first 8 minutes of the Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper romantic comedy, Aloha!

[ Related: Execs Talk Bradley Cooper And Emma Stone In Sony Emails! ]

It seems the studio released the clip in order to combat negative reviews for the star studded film. The movie currently has a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Oh no!

The released clip sets up a love triangle to be the driving plot of the film between Stone, Cooper and Rachel McAdams. That doesn’t sound so bad!!

The film has been under fire recently for controversial comments made by Cameron Crowe regarding Bruce Jenner‘s transition — as well as being criticized for white-washing the cast. Whomp, whomp!

We’re not sure what will be a bigger disaster film, San Andreas or Aloha!

Be sure to ch-ch-check out the released clip (below)!

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Zaha Hadid completes stainless steel-clad facility at Oxford University

The Investcorp Building, at the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed work on a striking new £11 million (US$17 million) addition to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Contrasting markedly with nearby Brutalist and Victorian architecture, the modernist Investcorp Building is clad in stainless steel and sees the architect’s distinctive flowing style used to great effect.

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Phil Mickelson visits Chambers Bay, 2015 US Open site – ESPN

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SC, New York playing good cop-bad cop with Uber, Lyft

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A look at how the state of South Carolina and the city of New York are dealing with ridehailing apps shows there’s a lot of diversity of thought.

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Xiaomi is taking sign-ups for Windows 10 Mobile ROM beta program, but just for Beijing residents

In March, Microsoft and Xiaomi announced that both companies would work on a program to beta test a Windows 10 Mobile ROM inside the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone, which was originally built for the Android OS. Now Xiaomi is about ready to begin that beta program, but there’s a big catch: the testers must live in Beijing, China.

Canada economy unexpectedly contracts in first quarter, investment dips

Production Associates inspect cars moving along assembly line at Honda manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario.Canada's economy unexpectedly took a step back in the first quarter with its biggest contraction in nearly six years as business investment and exports fell, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. Economic output slowed faster than the Bank of Canada's forecast for no growth, though the bank had flagged that the quarter was likely to be "atrocious" as oil-exporting Canada felt the pain from lower crude prices.


Futures turn lower as economy contracts in first quarter

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange sign in Toronto(Reuters) – Stock futures pointed to a lower start for Canada's main stock index on Friday after data showed the economy contracted in the first quarter. Canada's gross domestic product contracted by an annualized rate of 0.6 percent in the first quarter after growing by 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Analysts on average had expected the economy to grow at an annualized pace of 0.3 percent. It was the first negative growth in real GDP since the second quarter of 2011. June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.12 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET. …


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