Journalist Jack Pitt-Brooke has provided an update on the situation surrounding Tottenham Hotspur and their interest in Wolves forward Adama Traore.
The Spaniard has reportedly been on Tottenham’s shortlist for some time this summer, with noted journalist Fabrizio Romano even noting last week that he was the club’s ‘priority’ during the final few days of the transfer window.
However, as the transfer window winds down to the final few hours, it looks as if the 25-year-old is going to be staying put for the time being at least, although it wasn’t through a lack of trying on Tottenham’s part.
Speaking during a live stream for The Athletic, Pitt-Brooke revealed that the two sides were reportedly close to signing off on a deal that would have seen him move to north London, but that Traore’s performances to start the season convinced Bruno Lage’s men to think again:
“I believe that last week, Tottenham believed that they had a deal in place. It would have been an initial loan, with then an obligation to buy at the end of the season, for quite a significant amount of money, something like £40m, I think.
“I understand that deal was in place, but that Traore was so good in that game for Wolves against Tottenham at Molineux – the one that Tottenham eventually won 1-0 – that Wolves decided to call off the deal and keep hold of Traore for this season.”
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This should perhaps go out as something of a warning for Tottenham when it comes to their business that they should have done things a lot sooner. It appears as though the farce that was their attempts to appoint a new manager have come back to haunt them.
Because if Nuno Espirito Santo had been appointed sooner, then they may have been able to get the deal for Traore further down the line sooner as well, meaning that Wolves wouldn’t have been swayed by his display against them.
Given his poor record when it comes to goals and assists, you could argue that they may have dodged a bullet when it comes to bringing him on board, although if Nuno Espirito Santo thought he could make it work for him, then in Tottenham’s eyes at least, this could be one that they could regret not sorting out sooner.