Toby Alderweireld’s proposed move to Spurs is still on, according to Belgian outlet HLN. The Atletico Madrid defender was thought to be close to joining Spurs over the weekend before reports of Southampton’s ‘claim’ over the player emerged last night, via the likes of Sky Sports.
The issue was believed to be the failure on Atletico’s part to pay a cancellation fee of £1.5 million to Southampton in order to prevent them exercising the buy-out clause included in the terms of their loan deal for the Belgian.
It is claimed the payment was never made in time which could mean the Saints have a legal case for purchasing Alderweireld at the pre-agreed price, rumoured to be around £6.8 million.
However, HLN claim Alderweireld and his representatives expect no further problems to arise and that Spurs hope to complete the move today, subject to a medical.
It now looks like being another summer of transition at the South Coast club with Nathaniel Clyne's departure set to be followed by Alderweireld's snub.
Spurs meanwhile, will be delighted at the prospect of reuniting the versatile defender with former Ajax and current Belgian team-mate, Jan Vertonghen and will hope it goes some way to improving last year's less than stellar defensive record - but as with any saga, they still need to get this one over the line.