Spurs were linked with a move for the Newcastle attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum this week, but fresh reports claim that the club will have to spend big to land him.
The Mirror have reported that Newcastle have told Tottenham that they value Wijnaldum at £25m. Newcastle bought the Dutch international last summer for £14.5m and are looking to make a big profit on the player.
In some ways this valuation makes sense. The influx of TV money means that all players being eyed by Premier League clubs are likely to cost more than they did a year ago, while Wijnaldum had a good season despite Newcastle’s relegation, scoring 11 goals.
Yet £25m is a lot of money for someone being brought in to merely add depth to the squad and it’s reasonable to think that Spurs could find a better value solution elsewhere.
We can’t see the club wanting to pay anywhere near £25m for Wijnaldum, so unless the player kicks up a fuss and prompts Newcastle to adjust their valuation, it’s unlikely that he’ll be moving to White Hart Lane this summer.