Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Danny Mills insists Tottenham cannot be seen to be spending big in the upcoming transfer window following the decision to furlough non-playing staff.

The former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, warned Daniel Levy to be “very careful” or risk further damaging the club’s reputation.

The Lilywhites announced that 550 non-playing staff are to be placed on furlough leave to “protect jobs” amid the financial struggles of the coronavirus crisis.

The club have been heavily criticised for the decision after revealing a pre-tax profit of £87million for the year ending June 2019 – the fourth-highest ever by an English club.

As revealed by Football Insider, an agent has explained how Spurs know they cannot be seen to be spending huge amounts on a single signing in the upcoming window.

When asked by Football Insider if this would be a major concern after an indifferent season in north London, Mills said: “This is an issue.

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“The club has taken a business decision but it has taken advantage of the furlough scheme. It was there to stop businesses going bust.

“All of sudden, Tottenham come out of this and they have got £50million to spend on a player. People will go, “Hang on a minute, I thought you were skint.” You had to furlough your staff but suddenly you can afford a multi-million transfer fee.

“Spurs will have to be very careful with the PR around it.”

The development may also affect the future of Harry Kane. The England captain telling Jamie Redknapp in an interview he would only stay at the club if they were progressing year on year and not “for the sake of it”.

With their Premier League rivals likely to strengthen in the summer, despite the financial struggles inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the 26-year-old may feel he cannot compete for silverware at the club.

In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that 24-year-old January signing is to be told he needs to find a new club.