The Mirror have claimed that Bournemouth are considering a £4m bid for Ryan Mason.
Mason’s future is the subject of much speculation, with Bournemouth consistently linked to the England midfielder in recent weeks. While it would come to no surprise if Mason did move to the south coast this summer, one would expect it to be for a higher fee than the one mooted.
The 24-year old signed a five and a half year contract with Spurs back in January 2015, keeping him at the club until 2020.
With such a lot of time remaining on Mason’s deal and Daniel Levy’s reputation as a tough negotiator who gets the maximum for outgoing players, it’s likely that the club would be looking nearer to an eight-figure fee to sell Mason.
If that seems too much for someone that many Tottenham fans do not rate, consider the fact that Newcastle paid £12m fees for Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in January.
The only way that the club might consider a reduced figure is if it were part of the negotiations to sign the Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson, who was linked with a move to White Hart Lane last week. That said, Wilson does not seem likely to be Mauricio Pochettino’s number one target, with doubts remaining over the striker’s fitness. If Bournemouth do want Mason they are probably going to have to break their transfer record of £9m, which they paid for the Wolves striker Benik Afobe in the last transfer window.