Spurs have once again been linked with the signing of the Leicester City and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
Drinkwater is said to have turned down an £80,000-a-week contract offered by the Foxes. The Premier League champions are now preparing a package closer to £100,000-a-week.
There’s no reason to think that Drinkwater’s decision to turn down Leicester’s opening offer isn’t a mere negotiating tactic and the talk of Tottenham ‘circling’ seems unlikely.
After all, it would take a transfer fee of at least £20m to persuade Leicester to sell one of the key players from last season’s title win. Throw in the salary demands that we know the player wants and the sums just don’t add up.
Spurs are not going to make Drinkwater one of the best paid players at the club and pay a huge fee for him, when he might realistically struggle to get into the side’s strongest XI.
Far more likely is that Ryan Mason and Harry Winks will compete for the spot of Mousa Dembele’s deputy, while Dele Alli is another that could be used in that position if the club were to invest in another attacking midfielder to allow him to drop back.
Drinkwater is a fine player but he’s probably hit his peak value and that makes him an improbable target at a time when the club continues to show financial caution in the transfer market.