Robbie Keane says Tottenham failed to make any summer signings because clubs were demanding too much money.
Spurs didn’t bring in a single new recruit over the summer despite the need for additions in key areas.
That said, the Londoners did manage to hold onto the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose, all of whom were expected to leave.
Tottenham were linked with a number of players, including Anthony Martial, Jack Grealish and Wilfried Zaha, but didn’t manage to get any deals over the line before the August 9th deadline.
But Keane, who played for Spurs in two separate spells, believes his former club were simply out-priced by other clubs.
“There have been a few moans that they didn’t make a signing over the summer, but I know first-hand that they tried to sign four players, it just wasn’t meant to be – teams were overpricing players,” Keane told Paddy Power (via TEAMtalk).
“I can understand from the fans’ point of view on that, but if you look at the bigger picture for the last few years, it’s been up and up for Tottenham. If they can buy a couple of players in January, which I’m sure they will, and help the squad, they can have a good season.”
Grealish reportedly came closest to joining Tottenham, but Aston Villa’s new owners hiked up his asking price at the last minute, ending any chance of a switch to north London.
Spurs could choose to strengthen in the January transfer window, although uncertainty around the new stadium could continue to disrupt business matters into the new year.