5 star footballers who tried to force a transfer as Kane skips Spurs training

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Harry Kane has failed to report to Tottenham Hotspur's training this morning after he was due back following his heroics at Euro 2020.

The Spurs striker isn't the first footballer to skip training to try and force a move through to another team.

Others have got more creative in their attempts to join a new club, and Kane's simple attempt pales in comparison with driving themselves to other teams or wearing rivals shirts.

Some attempts are more successful than others.

And Daily Star Sport looks at five stars who tried to force a transfer through to another club.

Carlos Tevez

Manchester City pulled off the coup of the summer when they captured their bitter rivals, Manchester United, Argentinian star Carlos Tevez.

Tevez had tried to leave City before he refused to come off the bench in the Citizens Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, leaving Roberto Mancini livid.

City suspended and fined Tevez, AC Milan moved for the striker, however, City had priced him out of a move.

Tevez eventually accepted defeat, and he returned to the City fold during the run-in of the 11/12 season, capturing their first Premier League title.

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William Gallas

Chelsea once claimed that William Gallas, who was trying to force a move away from the Blues, threatened to score own goals if he was selected for the City clash.

The Frenchman, however, claimed his innocence: "I am surprised and shocked by these claims.

"I never said I would score own goals if I had to play for Chelsea again."

Either way, Gallas was sold to Arsenal that summer, and he went on to spend four years at the Gunners, making over 100 appearances.

Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi skipped Barcelona training last summer as he looked to move away from the Catalan side for the first time in his career.

Messi had expressed his desire to join up with Pep Guardiola, and he had a clause in his contract that allowed him to walk on a free during his penultimate season.

However, Barcelona had claimed that the clause had expired the previous month, and the Catalans were reluctant to sell their superstar.

Messi reluctantly returned to training to see out the final year of his contract in Barcelona.

Didier Lamkel Ze

Didier Lamkel Ze wins the award for the most creative attempt to leave his club on this list.

Lamkel Ze played for Belgian side Real Antwerp, however, he was hoping to secure a move to Panathinaikos when he turned up to training wearing an Anderlecht shirt, Real Antwerp's bitter rivals.

He was later forced to apologise: "I want to apologise to the club and to the Antwerp supporters, because they are magnificent and wonderful.

"If I reacted like this, it is because my head was somewhere else. It was not easy for me. I really, really want to apologise for this gesture."

Peter Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie once showed up, in his own car, outside Queens Park Rangers' training ground.

The Nigerian international had driven 125 miles from the Midlands down to London in the hopes of securing a move to the then Premier League side.

However, after the move didn't go through, he was left red-faced as Sky Sports News documented the whole process.

Odemwingie was forced to return to West Brom with his tail between his legs.

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