Tottenham close to sealing attacking midfielder deal - report
By Harry Sykes
Tom Carroll is closing in on a January move to Swansea, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday claims the Tottenham attacking midfielder is on the verge of agreeing a transfer to the relegation-threatened Premier League outfit.
But it is said that the deal is not yet sealed due to misgivings on the part of the 24-year-old White Hart Lane academy product.
The Sun report that Carroll is “concerned” at the prospect of joining a club that might be in the Championship next season.
Swansea’s win over Crystal Palace on Monday lifted them to 19th in the Premier League table, two points above bottom club Hull.
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The Telegraph have reported that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will hold out for a transfer fee of £10million for Carroll, who has slipped down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
He is behind fellow midfield young gun and academy product Harry Winks, 20, in the battle for first team slots, while Josh Onomah has also moved above him in the last 12 months.
Carroll has made just three Spurs appearances this season, just one of which has come in the Premier League, after signing a new three-year contract in September.
It appears the extended terms was simply a device to ensure the London giants can extract a significant fee for the player when they come to sell him.
Carroll, who has been on the books of Tottenham for his entire professional career, had a loan spell at Swansea during the 2014-15 season.
Football Insider verdict:
Carroll would be advised to hold fire on a permanent move to Swansea. With a strong possibility that the Welsh side will be playing Championship football next season, he would be better served agreeing a loan switch rather than a permanent one. This would provide the 24-year-old with a safety net if Swansea are fired through the relegation trap door.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have sealed a January striker signing after terms were agreed.