Tottenham are unlikely to reignite their pursuit of Antonio Rudiger in January even though he has been virtually frozen out at Chelsea, Football Insider understands.
Spurs had been hopeful of striking a deal with their London rivals for the 27-year-old defender last month but talks collapsed on the final day of the transfer window.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the cost of taking Rudiger on loan for the season proved to be the main barrier to Tottenham reaching an agreement.
Chelsea wanted a multi-million loan fee – believed to be more than £4million – for the centre-back as well as for all of his £150,000-a-week contract to be covered.
The cost of the deal would have been more than £10m, and that was deemed too high by the Spurs hierarchy for a season-long loan.
Tottenham, who had been in the market for a new centre-back all window, subsequently signed Joe Rodon from Swansea City.
The cost of the deal exceeded the Rudiger loan, with Spurs paying an initial £11m plus a potential £4m of add-ons.
Rudiger has played just a single match for Chelsea this season, which came in last week’s Champions League win over Krasnodar.
He has not had a single minute of Premier League action and dropped back to the bench for last weekend’s 3-0 victory against Burnley.
The 35-times Germany international is behind Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva in the centre-back pecking order at Chelsea.
Andrea Christensen has also made four league starts for Frank Lampard’s side this season.
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