Journalist: Leeds made big bid for 'unbelievable' Tottenham target last summer
Adama Traore is a name that seems to get thrown about during every transfer window, with the winger now said to be on the verge of joining Tottenham Hotspur this winter.
The speedy Spanish winger is known for his power, pace, energy and ultimately, lack of end product. But this hasn’t stopped Antonio Conte pushing Fabio Paratici to sign the Wolves ace. Reports have claimed that a £20m deal might be near, with Spurs even offering up players in return for Traore.
However, things could have been oh so different for Traore, Wolves and Tottenham. That’s because, according to respected journalist Duncan Castles, Leeds were keen on Traore last summer. Indeed, the Whites even lodged a big bid for the winger, only to be met with disappointment from the player’s side.
“Leeds United tried to sign him last summer for a cash sum of over £30m. But Adama was not interested in moving to Leeds. Wouldn’t speak to them, so that deal didn’t happen last summer,” Castles said on his Transfer Window Podcast.
Traore has yet to register a goal or assist this season. However, he is still high on Antonio Conte’s list, with Emerson Royal struggling to impress at right wing-back.
Liverpool have previously shown interest in Traore. While Jack Grealish, as we’ve said before, branded the Wolves man ‘unbelievable’ for his turn of pace.
TBR’s View: Traore Under Bielsa Would Have Been Something
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine a player being at another club but with Traore, you can really see him in a Leeds shirt.
Bielsa loves quick, energetic players who can press, get up the pitch quickly, and deliver in the final third. You do feel Bielsa would have improved Traore’s end product, too.
Certainly, it seems Leeds were serious. A £30m + bid is huge money for the Elland Road outfit. But it seems Traore wants a move that is considered upwards. And Spurs, in fairness, are that. If he does well under Conte, then Leeds fans will be looking on with envy at a case of what might have been.