Tottenham Hotspur are looking to conclude the transfer of Dutch international Steven Bergwijn before the end of the transfer window this month.
The Evening Standard report that the Dutchman is already in London as the two clubs look to thrash out a £27 million deal for the player.
However, 90min is now suggesting that Tottenham and PSV might be further apart on valuation than previously thought.
Spurs are said to want to pay around £25 million for the player but PSV are holding out for a fee nearer the £35 million mark.
The report states that Mauricio Pochettino had also wanted Bergwijn, but no offer has previously been made for the player.
This wouldn’t be the first time a player was left in limbo waiting for a Tottenham deal to be verified. Former Spurs winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou went through a similar ordeal when joining the club from Marseille.
That was, perhaps, a more arduous ordeal. As reported by The Guardian, the French winger spent a month in a London hotel waiting for Spurs to get this deal done despite already passing a medical. The same report suggested the transfer debacle was a factor in the former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell’s exit. It was a messy, unsavory ordeal. Thankfully, the January time constraint means a complete repeat cannot happen.
Tottenham are now infamously penny-pinching in their transfer dealings and many Spurs fans will just want Daniel Levy to pay the amount needed to bring Bergwijn through the door.
However, the club are clearly hoping to also bring in further recruits, namely a central striker, before the end of the month so it is clear to see why Tottenham are perhaps trying to get the best deal possible.
Fans will just hope they do not end up missing out on a player clearly very keen on heading to North London as a consequence.