Noel Whelan suggested Tottenham may be commercially driven in their attempts to sign American brothers Taylor and Zach Booth.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker insisted Jose Mourinho would not move for the teenagers unless he was sure they could improve the first-team at Spurs.
Booth impressed last December as Bayern’s under-19s knocked Spurs out of the UEFA Youth League – the American providing two assists in a 3-0 victory.
It has been reported the Lilywhites are also interested in signing the midfielder’s younger brother, Zach, who plays in the MLS for Real Salt Lake.
When asked by Football Insider if there may be commercial incentive behind the deals, Whelan said: “They are possibly tapping into that American market.
“Ones for the future but it is a risk. They have not broken into the Bayern Munich first team yet and that is a problem. It is a tough ask at Bayern Munich but it will be no different at Spurs.
“I sometimes do not see the point in buying young players – wait until they are more established.
“But Jose Mourinho would not bring players in unless he felt they would improve the team and offer something in the next two or three seasons.”
Taylor Booth, who turns 19 later this month, was handed a three-year professional contract by the Bundesliga giants last summer.
Both deals would be achievable for Spurs in spite of the current financial climate that could see the club lose out on over £100million in the next year.
In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider £10million signing is “miles off” Jose Mourinho’s side.