Jamie O’Hara has admitted he is ‘not surprised’ by the news that Harry Kane has asked to leave Tottenham.
And he insisted fans will not be angry with the striker he is leaves, saying the club’s talisman ‘deserves a move’.
News emerged on Monday that the England captain had informed his boyhood club that he wants to leave this summer.
talkSPORT understands the 27-year-old is keen on staying in the Premier League, with Man City his preferred destination while Manchester United are also linked with an interest.
And O’Hara has told talkSPORT there will be no animosity between Kane and Spurs supporters, insisting they will respect his wish as he has ‘given his all’ throughout his time at the club.
“Normally you’d get criticism massively and the fans would turn against you,” said the former Tottenham midfielder on Monday night’s Press Box.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“He’s been a fantastic servant to the football club. Fans love him and I think everyone can see that he’s given everything and tried to get us over the line with trophies and winning finals.
“We haven’t got it done and the ambition of the club hasn’t been good enough.
“I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got a world class striker in Harry Kane and you can’t keep someone like that – we’re talking about a top five striker in the world – when we’re finishing sixth or seventh the league.
“The fans understand that.”
Rangers legend Ally McCoist echoed O’Hara’s thoughts and insisted ‘nobody can begrudge’ Kane from wanting to leave Tottenham after years of exemplary service to the club.
“I don’t think anyone can begrudge Harry Kane a move, I really don’t,” said the talkSPORT Breakfast co-host.
“I think the way he’s conducted himself from start to finish at Spurs has been immense.
“I think everybody knows that if Tottenham were winning trophies, Kane would stay there for the rest of his life. But I just feel Kane has now decided the best opportunity for him to start winning things would be to move somewhere else.
“And you know something? He’s right!
“If he goes to Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Barcelona, or Real Madrid, you have to be truthful and say he’ll have a better chance of picking up team trophies, whether it’s cups or leagues, that’s what he wants to do and I don’t think anybody can begrudge him that.”
Kane has made his name as one of the world’s best strikers during his time at Spurs, scoring a sensational 220 goals in 334 appearances for the club.
And last week, O’Hara said that the 27-year-old would ‘guarantee’ a club like Man City the title over the next few seasons.
“I think if you want to guarantee yourself the Premier League title in the next few years, you sign Harry Kane,” he told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“He’s the best striker in the league by a country mile. He knows the teams, he knows the grounds.
“He [Haaland] won’t flop but it’ll take him time to adjust. You see players come from Ajax and the Bundesliga and it takes time.”