Tottenham haven’t really caught fire on the transfer front so far this summer, picking up talented-but-callow young defenders Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier for £8m combined, finding themselves in complicated territory when targeting centre-half Toby Alderweireld, and seemingly haggling over the price of wide-forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.
Despite Southampton’s threat of legal action following Atletico Madrid’s decision to sell Alderweireld to Spurs, after the south-coast side thought they had their former loanee wrapped up, Sky Sports believe the deal will go through in the next few days for around £11.5m.
The news on Ferreira Carrasco isn’t so good, with Atleti thought to be in for the 21-year-old following Arda Turan’s surprise switch to La Liga rivals Barcelona.
Spurs reportedly had an initial bid of £10m knocked back for the three-cap Belgium international, with his club Monaco valuing the player, who bagged in a 3-1 Champions League win at Arsenal in January, at £18m.
The likes of Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon have failed to flourish on the flanks since Mauricio Pochettino took charge at White Hart Lane 13 months ago, so a player of Ferreira Carrasco’s supposed skills is desperately needed if the Lilywhites are to make a successful 4/1 top-four challenge next term.
With that in mind, it’s surprising to read reports in the Mirror that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy might not ‘deal’ with West Ham over a potential move for Townsend, even if they prove to be the highest bidder.
Levy is thought to value the England international at an eye-watering £15m, with West Ham, Aston Villa, Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland mentioned as possible suitors by the British red-top.
Of that quintet, the Irons were by some way the biggest transfer net spenders during last summer’s pre-season, and the fact that Townsend is from east London suggests that’s where he’d like to go.
Spurs could clearly use the extra money too, but reports suggest Levy has got the hump over West Ham being awarded the Olympic Stadium over his north London lot.
The Mirror believes Levy even blocked Emmanuel Adebayor’s mooted loan switch to West Ham last January, with the 53-year-old said to be willing to part-fund the Togolese’s wages, but only if he went somewhere else.
Townsend has never looked comfortable in a Lilywhites shirt, and has notched as many goals in nine games for his country as he has for Spurs in the Premier League, so Levy’s right to want rid, but the master negotiator would be off his hinges to leave West Ham out of the loop if they offer the most money.