Hutton hails Tottenham for £13m sale and opening Coady talks
Tottenham have made the right choice in selling Toby Alderweireld and choosing to pursue a younger centre-half.
That is according to ex-Spurs right-back Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Alderweireld’s exit was confirmed on 27th July.
The Daily Mail reported the same day that the deal taking the 32-year-old to Qatari side Al-Duhail is worth £13million.
And a Spurs source told this site earlier today (2nd August) that they have now opened talks with Wolves centre-back Conor Coady, 28.
Coady, who is under contract at Molineux until 2025, was regarded by now-Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a “lieutenant” at Wolves.
And Hutton claims that Tottenham were correct to bin Alderweireld in order to clear the way for a younger player in this mould.
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He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think it suits both parties if I’m really honest.
“It’s an area where they have to strengthen. Look, he’s 32 now and he’s still got a lot to give.
“He could definitely have played on at Tottenham but it was the end of a cycle.
“Him and Jan Vertonghen were probably one of the best partnerships in the Premier League, but that’s come to an end now.
“He’s moving on, probably with a big payday. So for Tottenham to get £13m for him is a top bit of business. They’ve had his best years.
“So get the money in, get the wages off the bill and then look to reinvest that money.
“They need a younger player who they can bed into the team for the next four or five years under Nuno.”