Manchester United were interested in signing Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur this summer before turning their attention to Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

Kane, 28, announced his desire to leave Spurs in May after another world-class season which saw him finish as top goalscorer and top assister in the Premier League.

Manchester City quickly emerged as frontrunners for the England captain's signature, but refused to meet Tottenham's asking price.

City saw an initial £100million bid rejected as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held out for £150million.

The saga dragged on for most of the summer before rumours of Ronaldo returning to the Premier League spread like wildfire in late August.

City, once again, were in pole position to sign the Portugal superstar from Juventus, only for the transfer window to have one final, dramatic twist.

Harry Kane pushed to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer

The influence of Sir Alex Ferguson and Ronaldo's former United teammates convinced the 36-year-old to snub arch-rivals City and return to Old Trafford in a £20million deal.

But a fresh report on the continent suggests Ronaldo was not the only transfer target shared by United and City over the summer.

Dagbladet claims the Red Devils stepped up their interest in Kane after he dropped his Tottenham exit bombshell.

The Norwegian outlet adds the striker was open to joining United, who had weighed up bringing him to Old Trafford during previous transfer windows.

However, club chiefs shared City's reluctance to match Tottenham's asking price for Kane and their successful pursuit of Ronaldo ended their attacking recruitment.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner returned to his former club to form a formidable attack alongside the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and £73million summer signing Jadon Sancho.

Ronaldo struck twice on his second debut against Newcastle United and he has impressed this season with six goals in nine appearances in all competitions.

However, the Red Devils' strength on paper has not translated onto the pitch recently.

They have taken just one point from their last four Premier League games and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is teetering with three fixtures to save his job.

United are seventh in the table, one point behind sixth-place Tottenham, who have their own fair share of issues.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side have struggled for consistency and Kane's form is especially concerning after his failed move away from the club.

He has scored seven goals in all competitions, but just one of these has came in the top flight and there are doubts over his dedication to his boyhood club.

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