And so it begins, Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino reuniting at Manchester United is now doing the rounds within the media and sadly, also repeated in various Tottenham blogs and websites.
Any quick check on Google and you come up with those bastions of the truth, The Daily Mail claiming that Kane will join Poch at Old Trafford in the event that the Argentine takes up the managers role in the summer.
Where to start with this utter drivel?
We went through all this last summer with Kane on his way to Man City, that never happened and the exact same reasons would apply in the next transfer window.
Daniel Levy would only sell for a king’s ransom, Kane has a long contract still and the England captain would be pushing 30 in the summer.
There is also the Antonio Conte factor to consider, if, as expected, he is still in charge in the summer would he really allow Kane to be sold.
The Italian walked out on Inter Milan when they sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, do you honestly think he would not do the same if Levy sold Kane to United or any of our top six rivals?
The biggest disappointment for me and one of the reasons that I started this blog is the way various Tottenham blogs and websites hang on to every word these media outlets spout and repeat, almost verbatim, what they have read.
Obviously, it is money orientated, clickbait headlines mean money, especially if they attract big traffic through their relationship with NewsNow and other news aggregation services.
Nothing wrong with that at all but there are some of us that would prefer to read critical analysis about these rumours and be better informed.
I am all for reporting on rumours, but the Daily Mail? Give me a break.
If it comes from a far more credible outlet or respected Twitter user that specialises in transfer news then fine but when it is the likes of The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, The Express and so on, then sorry, that is not for me.
Is there a world in which Levy would sell Kane to Man Utd? Of course there is but it would take a huge bid, Conte’s agreement and the Tottenham fan base being on board and that would only happen if a top-class replacement was lined up.
So, in conclusion, this latest Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino being reunited gossip is what it is, a load of nonsense and best ignored until such a time a more respectable and credible outlet/person starts to report on it.