Warnock: I tried in vain for Kane

Frank Dalleres
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Kane has scored 10 goals in 19 games for Spurs this season
CRYSTAL Palace manager Neil Warnock has revealed that he failed in a bid to sign Harry Kane before the in-form England Under-21 striker became a key figure under new Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Kane has forced his way into Pochettino’s starting line-up with 10 goals in 19 games this season – the kind of potency Palace lack and Warnock intends to enhance in the January transfer window.

“I tried to get him a few times when I came here,” said the Eagles boss. “He is a good lad and you know what you are going to get with him. He is an exciting player. His first thought when he gets the ball is positive and I like players like that, who commit defenders. At the time he was not involved and we felt there was a chance of getting him on loan.”

Fraizer Campbell is Palace’s top scoring forward in the Premier League this term with just three goals and Warnock, whose team visit Spurs tomorrow, hopes to strengthen his attack next month.

“I think we know we haven’t got enough firepower,” he added. “Other teams have all got main strikers to select from. We do need improvement in that area and we are looking to address that in January.”

Palace have had bad luck with injuries in forward positions, resulting in minimal contributions from Andy Johnson and the on-loan Kevin Doyle.