According to comments from Besiktas’s vice president Ahmed Nur Cebi published by Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul is too expensive for them to complete a transfer deal.
“They (Tottenham) ask for far too much,” he is quoted as saying.
But that raises an interesting question that could cause plenty of debate among Tottenham fans: Would it be better for Tottenham to sell the player for a reduced fee now or see his price-tag drop the closer he gets to the end of his current deal?
A recent report in the Daily Mirror suggested Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wanted no less than £5million for the club captain, but if there are no buyers, would a loan move make sense for the second half of the campaign or should Spurs simply accept the best offer on the table – provided of course that it is not derisory?
Kaboul started the season as Tottenham’s skipper and regular centre-back, but he has not played a single minute of the club’s last 10 league matches and has only made the bench for four of them.
With Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio Spurs’ first-choice centre-back pairing, and other options available if required, Kaboul could well be seeing out time at White Hart Lane.
With a contract that ends in the summer of 2016, his price-tag is only going to decrease if he does not move on this month, so would Tottenham be wise to accept a lower bid rather than play hardball for a player who should now move on?