Former Tottenham Hotspur manager George Graham urged his former employers to simply pay up for West Brom forward Saido Berahino, when he appeared on talkSPORT.
The Guardian has reported that the Baggies have turned down a £22 million offer from Spurs for the player, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve his attacking options with the transfer deadline now under one week away.
Berahino is reported to have been on Tottenham’s radar for some time and Graham feels the club should just be looking to get the deal over the line.
“I think they’re buying him because there’s more to come. That’s a good buy for me. If they’re haggling over an extra £5 million, then just pay it. The team needs him and the club needs another goalscorer there,” he told talkSPORT.
Shrewd business sense
Tottenham have always been very shrewd from a business perspective with Daniel Levy in control at the top of the football club.
The issue Tottenham have as they look to do the best value deal, is that time is running out and the club’s options are decreasing.
West Brom may be willing to sell the player, but they are not obliged to do so for anything less than their top price.
They know that with the deadline imminent, Spurs will either have to pay up and commit to their top price or watch the deal slip by.