Report: Tottenham braced for £10m bid from desperate rivals for fringe man, Levy wants £20m
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are braced for a £10million bid from Crystal Palace for fringe defender Ben Davies, according to a report.
The Sun claim new Palace manager Sam Allardyce has sanctioned a cross-London swoop for Wales international Davies to boost the relegation strugglers.
But it is said the Tottenham have slapped a £20million valuation on the left-sided defender even though he is not a first-team regular.
The Sun report that Spurs’ long-standing chairman and chief transfer negotiator Daniel Levy will be tough for Palace to deal with, but the south Londoners are “desperate” as they aim to climb away from the relegation zone.
Allardyce’s team slumped to a 3-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend, which left them on the same points as 18th-placed Hull and only ahead of the Humberside club on goal difference.
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Davies, 23, joined Tottenham from Swansea in the summer of 24 but has found it difficult to establish himself as a first-team regular due to Danny Rose’s firm grip on the left-back position.
The Welshman has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, but has started just three of the club’s 21 Premier League matches.
The Sun report comes after Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Wednesday (5.22pm) that Spurs will prevent any first team squad members following Tom Carroll out of the exit door in the final 10 days of the January window.
Tottenham academy product Carroll signed for Swansea on Tuesday in a deal reported to be worth an initial £4.5million and rising to £9million with add-ons.
Spurs are now stepping up their preparation for Saturday’s mouthwatering Premier League trip to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Londoners are on the crest of a wave after six consecutive league wins, culminating in last weekend’s 4-0 demolition of West Brom.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.