EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Danny Rose has refused to leave Tottenham on deadline day after Daniel Levy tried to sell him to Watford, Football Insider has learned.
Spurs have been willing to listen to offers for the left-back all summer and chairman Levy has worked to engineer a last-gasp transfer to Vicarage Road.
A source with knowledge of Tottenham’s recruitment has told Football Insider that Rose has been in talks with Watford today after they tabled an offer for him.
But the England international has blocked the move and will remain at Tottenham ahead of the new season, which starts for his club with Saturday’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa.
There is still the possibility Rose will join an overseas club before the main European windows close at the end of August, but he won’t be quitting Spurs for an English team.
Football Insider revealed last month that Juventus are one of a number of clubs lining up a move for the England left-back, who was left out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour to Asia to seal a transfer elsewhere.
He has subsequently been introduced back into the fold by Mauricio Pochettino but there is a clear sense he could leave before the start of September.
Rose has turned 29 and there have been separate suggestions that his best days are considered to be behind him.
However, he ended last season as the first choice left-back at Spurs ahead of Ben Davies and started the Champions League final against Liverpool.
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