Tottenham have this reservation over midfielder after lining up bid - reports
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are interested in making a mega bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater after being alerted to his slow contract talks but are concerned about his age, according to reports.
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.
The Mail now report that Tottenham have reservations over signing Drinkwater for such a large sum due to his age, even though he is still relatively young at 26.
Spurs had the youngest squad in the Premier League last season as manager Mauricio Pochettino built the team’s title challenge upon youth.
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They have subsequently made two summer signings, Victor Wanyama, who is 24, and Vincent Janssen, who is 22.
Talks are set to resume between Drinkwater and Leicester when the 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.
This has opened the door for Tottenham and other leading Premier League clubs following Drinkwater’s outstanding 2015-16 campaign.
The Mail report says Liverpool have also weighed up a move for the former Manchester United midfielder.
It is believed that the Premier League clubs 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.