Rob Lee’s Kevin Keegan imitation was triggered by the prospect of Harry Kane joining Newcastle United, and he told Stats Perform: “I would love it!”
Tottenham Hotspur go to St James’ Park on Sunday for Newcastle United’s first game since their takeover was authorized.
Mike Ashley, the club’s widely despised owner, has been replaced by a group led by Amanda Staveley, whose PCP Capital Partners has acquired 10% of the club and is supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The PIF, which purchased 80% of Newcastle, has become the world’s richest football club owner, generating speculation about a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
Kane was not one of them, although he lobbied for a transfer away from Spurs before of this season.
The England captain has scored five Premier League goals as a visiting player at St James’ Park, but ex-Newcastle captain Lee, who was recruited by Keegan in 1992, would want to see him play on Tyneside more frequently.
He stated to Stats Perform: “I’d love to see him play at Newcastle. I’d adore it, I’d really love it.”
Kane has yet to score in the league this season, and his six-game drought is the longest since a string of eight goalless games in 2014.
His 15-match scoring streak in England qualifying came to an end on Tuesday when he was unable to beat Hungary’s Peter Gulacsi.
Lee understands Kane’s fear that he hasn’t recovered from his inability to clinch a move to Manchester City.
“It depends on what happened behind the scenes,” he explained. “We have no idea what has happened.
“I don’t know him personally, but he appears to be a calm individual who avoids unnecessary drama.
“If he had any type of arrangement with Daniel Levy, I’m sure he did. And if someone has reneged on that, he’s certainly going to be irritated.”
Whether at Newcastle or City, Lee feels Kane is worth whatever it takes to lure him away from Tottenham.
“I continue to expect him to perform to the best of his ability. For him to come out and say, ‘I want to go,’ you’d think he’d figured it out “Lee said.
“Whatever you spend for Harry Kane, whether it’s £150 million or £50 million, it’s worth every penny.”