By Alan Hutton

30th Jun, 2021 | 12:45pm

Pundit can't believe Levy as Tottenham reportedly handed major hunt blow

Alan Hutton has admitted Tottenham have been dealt a big blow after Brighton manager Graham Potter reportedly snubbed their interest.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 46-year-old would be a good fit for the Lilywhites.

As reported by the Sun (June 27th), Potter has turned down an approach from Spurs as he looks to hold out for a top-four job.

It is said Daniel Levy was hopeful of luring the 46-year-old to north London after months of searching for a new manager.

Hutton admitted Potter had made a “big statement” rebuffing the Lilywhites’ interest.

He admitted he thought the Seagulls’ manager would have been an excellent appointment for Spurs.

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Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think that’s a big statement. Top four? We’re talking about elite managers there.

“I think what he’s done is absolutely fantastic. I think it would have been a great move for him personally.

It’s something, maybe, the Tottenham fans wouldn’t like but me personally, I think he could have been a decent fit.

“The style of football that he likes to play, he’s quite happy bringing in youth players, developing players.

He must also have an eye for a gem because there’s a lot of players coming through that Brighton team bigger teams are looking at.

“He’s done a fantastic job. It’s someone that I do like. For him to turn it down, there must be reasons behind it. I don’t know what they are but we know Daniel Levy is a tough customer to deal with.

“Whether it’s something to do with transfer budgets or whatever, we don’t know. It’s a big statement to say you’re waiting for a top-four job.”

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