'A bit more money' - Danny Mills suggests Spurs preparing for big-name exit after Levy claim

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Danny Mills has suggested that Tottenham were preparing to sign replacements for some of their first-team stars over the summer after Daniel Levy’s claims about the club’s spending power.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City defender and England international says that the Lilywhites look to be remaining patient when it comes to their recruitment, having splashed out on three new arrivals over the summer.

Speaking about the club’s finances, Levy said that Tottenham “could have easily spent more money on players” but that they chose not to, instead recruiting Jack Clarke, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, the latter joining on loan.

Mills suggests that the Lilywhites chief may have been preparing to spend the money in case of a big-name departure from north London and that the cash could be lying in wait to be spent by Spurs.

Mills told Football Insider: “Maybe there is a little bit more money. It’s identifying the right targets, maybe they’re waiting to see whether Eriksen goes, Vertonghen goes, Alderweireld goes.

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“Tottenham are playing a little bit of a waiting game, so maybe there was money to spend in case any of those players went. You can sometimes just spend money for the sake of it. We’ve seen Tottenham buy players before and it didn’t work.”

Tottenham’s transfer business over the summer saw them bring new faces in for the first time in 18 months with the last arrival that of Lucas Moura back in January 2018.

While Ndombele might have scored on his first competitive appearance for the club, Clarke was sent back on loan to Leeds for the season while Lo Celso has not made much of an impact thanks to an injury forcing him to the sidelines.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that a “can of worms” has been opened at Tottenham already this season.