Kevin Phillips urged caution from Tottenham before splashing £52million on Issa Diop and insisted the defender is overpriced by West Ham.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, predicted player’s market values will drop in the upcoming window amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs have a keen interest in the 23-year-old but are by no means willing to match the Hammers’ valuation for the centre-half.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to add defensive reinforcements to his squad in the upcoming window with Jan Vertonghen increasingly unlikely to sign a contract extension in north London.
Phillips is a keen admirer of the former France under-21 international but insists the price is “too much” in the current financial climate.
“£52million is a lot of money,” he told Football Insider. “I think that is too much.
“That is today’s inflation of prices but it will be interesting when we come back after all of this whether all clubs take a hit financially. There is a strong chance fees will not be as big as what we are all talking.
“He is a good player but is he worth that sort of money? He is not worth £52million in my opinion.
“That is too much considering van Dijk went for £70million.”
Virgil van Dijk moved to Liverpool for £70million in January 2018 in what was a world-record deal for a defender at the time – Harry Maguire’s transfer to Manchester United has since surpassed that total.