Tottenham line up mega bid as midfielder stalls over £80,000-a-week contract offer - report
By Alex Taylor
Tottenham are lining up a massive bid for Danny Drinkwater after being alerted to his slow contract talks with Leicester, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Drinkwater could be the subject of a £20million offer from Spurs amid growing doubts about his future at the Premier League champions.
It is said that talks between the midfield enforcer and Leicester over a new 80,000 per-week contract have only just begun.
That delay, plus the initial terms offered not being satisfactory, have led to a situation where Drinkwater becomes so disappointed he could begin to consider his options to move on.
Talks are set to resume when club return from their pre-season trip to America and Claudio Ranieri will be keen to make sure negations are settled soon with the Premier League getting back underway in just two weeks’ time.
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This has opened the door for Tottenham and other leading Premier League clubs following Drinkwater’s outstanding 2015-16 campaign.
Spurs have already bought midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama from Southampton this summer and have only ever paid more than £20million for two players in their history, when they spent big on Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado in 2013.
It is believed that the north London club are surprised to see the Foxes’ delay in tying down one of their key players from last season after already losing N’Golo Kante to Chelsea and nearly seeing striker Jamie Vardy join Arsenal in the current transfer window.
The former Manchester United academy player joined Leicester in 2012 and still has two years remaining on his current deal, which he signed in 2014.
The Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable year on the international stage as well at club level after he made his debut for his country in March and was included in the 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2016 before failing to make the final cut.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs remain in contact with Italian side Roma about a season-long loan move for one of their senior men.