Tottenham are said to have made a bid for the Leyton Orient defender Dan Happe.

The Sun have reported that Spurs have lodged a £300,000 bid for Happe, which was rejected by Leyton Orient. The central defender made 20 appearances under the late Justin Edinburgh last season, as he helped Orient to win the National League and claim promotion to League 2.

Leicester, Leeds and Norwich are all said to be also interested in signing Happe, but it is Spurs who have made the first move. Though there are only 12 months left on Happe’s contract, Leyton Orient are rumoured to be holding out for a larger fee than the one offered, while hoping that the player might be loaned back to them for next season.

There is of course a recent precedent for such a deal, with Jack Clarke signing from Leeds this week, only to immediately return to Elland Road on loan. It seems doubtful though as to whether Tottenham would favour such an agreement considering that Happe would be playing at such a low level. It would appear likelier that the club would see Happe as a player who could join their U23 side.

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