By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Drinkwater has rejected a new £80,000-a-week contract from Leicester amid strong interest from Tottenham, according to a report.
The Sun claim Spurs are keeping a close eye on the contract talks between midfield enforcer Drinkwater and the Premier League champions.
It is said that the Foxes hierarchy offer the former Manchester United man a massive rise on his current £30,000-a-week deal last week but the player rejected the fresh terms as he holds up for a package closer to £100,000.
Drinkwater wants parity with other key players in the club’s title triumph, including England sensation Jamie Vardy.
The Sun reported last month that Drinkwater could be the subject of a £20million offer from Spurs amid growing doubts about his future at the Premier League champions.
The Mail state that Tottenham have reservations over signing Drinkwater for such a large sum due to his age, even though he is still relatively young at 26.
Spurs had the youngest squad in the Premier League last season as manager Mauricio Pochettino built the team’s title challenge upon youth.
They have subsequently made two summer signings, Victor Wanyama, who is 24, and Vincent Janssen, who is 22.
Nevertheless, the door has been opened or Tottenham and other leading Premier League clubs following Drinkwater’s outstanding 2015-16 campaign.
The Mail report says Liverpool have also weighed up a move for the former Manchester United midfielder.
It is believed that the Premier League clubs are surprised to see the Foxes’ delay in tying down one of their key players from last season after already losing N’Golo Kante to Chelsea and nearly seeing striker Vardy join Arsenal in the current transfer window.
The former Manchester United academy player joined Leicester in 2012 and still has two years remaining on his current deal, which he signed in 2014.
The Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable year on the international stage as well at club level after he made his debut for his country in March and was included in the 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016 before failing to make the final cut.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs remain in contact with Italian side Roma about a season-long loan move for one of their senior men.