Why Tottenham should refuse to sell Tom Carroll to Swansea City

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Tottenham would be making a big mistake if they sold midfielder Tom Carroll to Swansea City.

According to the Daily Mail and Independent, Swansea City are in talks to sign Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll on a permanent basis.

The youngster is on a season-long loan deal with Garry Monk's Swans, and his impressive displays mean that he's being lined up for a permanent stay in South Wales.

The reports from the Daily Mail suggest that there's some haggling to do, with Tottenham wanting £5m for the promising central midfielder, but Swansea are only willing to pay £3.5m plus a series of add-ons in the coming years.

Whilst the deal doesn't look imminent, the two teams aren't that far away in their valuations, and an agreement may not be far away – and it would be a big mistake from Spurs.

Their midfield options are hardly anything to write home about right now; Paulinho is being incessantly linked with a move to Inter Milan by the Daily Mirror, Etienne Capoue is reportedly wanted by Real Sociedad and their manager David Moyes, whilst Mousa Dembele has been in and out of the side this season.

The only two central midfielders to earn any sort of lasting praise this season are Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason – two players who have developed in the Tottenham ranks before making the step up into the first team.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has always advocated the use of young players throughout his spells as manager of Espanyol and Southampton, and now that appears to have continued at White Hart Lane.

It would therefore be foolish to let 22-year-old Carroll leave the club, especially when you consider how impressive he has been in the Premier League this season.

Carroll would challenge for a starting role under Pochettino, and bringing in just £5m for a talented young playmaker seems like being far too little - even if chairman Daniel Levy wants to raise funds, according to the aforementioned Daily Mail report.

If Carroll wants to stay at the Liberty Stadium then selling him does make sense, but the door shouldn't be closing on his Tottenham career just yet. 

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