Tottenham may pay £22.5m to sign Traore from Wolves - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

21st Jan, 2022 | 8:00pm

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Noel Whelan has claimed Wolves could accept a new Tottenham bid for Adama Traore of £22.5million.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the Lilywhites were simply “testing the waters” with their opening offer.

As reported by the Telegraph on Thursday (21 January), Wolves turned down a £15million bid for the Spain international.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider today (21 January) Tottenham are haggling with the Midlands outfit and do not want to pay more than £20million.

The winger has 18 months left on his contract at Molineux.

Talks over a new deal have reportedly been going on for over a year without a resolution.

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Whelan suggested Spurs would have to splash out an extra £5-7.5million to get Traore on board.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’s a player Tottenham fans would love. He brings that excitement.

“There have always been questions about his end product. I think that’s something that can be worked on by the manager and working with better players. No disrespect to Wolves, they’ve got some fantastic players.

“But I think when you’re working alongside the likes of Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, that generally improves the player anyway.

The quality and consistency I’m sure they show in crossing and finishing drills and the way they go about their business.

“At £15million? On the slight side, to say the least. I think you’re looking more around £20-22.5million, that’s what they would probably accept.

“You can look at bonuses they can throw in because of where they are, chasing down that fourth position to be in Europe. we could slide the bonus services today, isn’t it?

“They’re in a strong position, but maybe they’re just testing the water very, very cheaply.”

Traore scored his first goal of the campaign last weekend in the 3-1 win over Southampton.

He has eight goals and 16 assists in 159 Premier League appearances.

In other news, Tottenham insider savages Micah Richards over “grossly unacceptable” comments.