Journalist claims Spurs had Adama Traore deal in place before Wolves clash
Jack Pitt-Brooke has told The Athletic that he understands that Spurs had a deal in place for Adama Traore until Wolves pulled the plug after his performance against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men this season.
Adama was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the final weeks of the window.
Unfortunately for Spurs fans, by the time deadline day came around, it had appeared that the speculation had largely died down. And with that, it would have been a huge surprise if the Spaniard had ended up securing a move.
But there was seemingly a stage when Tottenham believed that they had their man.
According to Pitt-Brooke, Spurs felt that they had reached an agreement with Wolves for a move. However, things changed after Adama somewhat stole the show when the two sides then met on the pitch.
“I believe that last week Tottenham believed that they had a deal in place,” he told The Athletic. “It would have been an initial loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for quite a significant amount of money, something like £40 million.
“I understand that that deal was in place but that Traore was so good for Wolves against Tottenham at Molineux that Wolves decided to call off the deal and keep hold of Traore for this season.”
Spurs fans may ask why Tottenham did not complete Adama Traore deal before clash between pair
Pitt-Brooke’s claim makes it seem surprising that Spurs did not make sure to complete a deal before the two sides met.
Of course, Wolves may have dug their heels in and insisted that he would play. But Tottenham could have surely wrapped up a move much earlier in the summer.
Surely, Spurs saw the risk attached to striking a deal for Adama before that particular fixture.
Had he been poor, Tottenham fans would have been underwhelmed with the deal. And obviously, his impressive performance left Wolves with second thoughts.
Fabio Paratici has a way of working that means that he keeps many fingers in many pies in the transfer window.
But Spurs’ inability to sign another attacking player late on in the window arguably highlights just how keen Tottenham were to sign Adama.
And it seems that not closing the door entirely went on to cost them.
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