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Report: Club set to hand player £65,000-a-week pay rise to make Spurs interest go away

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According to The Sun, Wolves are now planning to make Adama Traore their highest earner, after Tottenham made attempts to sign him.

What’s the story?

Well, the 7-cap Spain international was the subject of a £30m bid from Tottenham on the Monday before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

According to The Athletic, Wolves rejected the offer, and Spurs never returned with an improved bid.

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Now, Wolves hope to fend the north Londoners off by offering Traore a contract worth £120,000-a-week.

That would see the 25-year-old’s current £55,000-a-week contract more than doubled, which speaks volumes as to how highly Wolves value him.

Bruno Lage will step up talks with the £50m winger in the next few weeks, once Traore returns from Spain’s World Cup qualifiers.

Is this likely to put Tottenham off Adama Traore pursuit?

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In our view, we’re not quite sure what Wolves are hoping to achieve here.

Handing Traore £120,000-a-week is all well and good, and is likely to keep him happy for the next season or two.

However, if it’s money that interests the ex-Barcelona man, Spurs are capable of offering him more than that.

After all, the north Londoners pay Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele £200,000-a-week each, so if they wanted to lure Traore with a £150,000-a-week package – for example – that is presumably doable.

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In our view, it’s not so much about finances, but more what level of football Spurs could offer the forward when next summer’s window comes around.

The Sun mention that Traore is very ambitious, and wants to be at a club who compete in Europe regularly.

Therefore, it could all depend on where Spurs finish this season.

It doesn’t matter how much money you can throw at a player if you can’t fulfil his sporting desires.

Nuno Espirito Santo must, at least, reach the Europa League if he is to sign the Spaniard, in our view.

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