Alex McLeish has suggested that Danny Rose’s wage demands stopped him from leaving Tottenham during the transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland manager said that the defender is at a stage of his life where he needs to put himself before his football club.

Football Insider revealed today that Championship side Watford made a last-gasp move for Rose on deadline day last week and Middlesbrough were also interested in the England international.

However, neither deal got off the ground as it is understood that Rose is not keen on dropping down to the second tier.

The 30-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements in north London and was not given a squad number for this season.

“There seem to be underlying issues,” McLeish told Football Insider.

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“I’m only reading between the lines, I’m not au fait with everything that goes on inside Spurs or indeed the players’ minds.

“I’m looking from afar and see the little tittle-tattle that’s maybe developed into something more serious.

“For about a month or two there you thought his time at Spurs was definitely finished, definitely over. The powers that be at Spurs weren’t too fussed about holding onto him.

“I know there was a contentious issue about him there would he be leaving on a free transfer.

“At the end of the day, Danny Rose has to do what’s best for himself. I know that when you’re at a football club that club comes first but Danny will now be at a stage of his life where he has to do what’s best for himself and his family.”

Rose spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle United where he played 13 times.

He last started a Premier League game for Tottenham in January in their 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

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