According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are bemused by recent claims that they only offered £5million up front for West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino.
The England under-21 international was the subject of a number of failed bids from Tottenham during the transfer window, the last of which came with time running out in the final hours of transfer deadline day.
Once the craziness of Tuesday died down, it was claimed Tottenham had offered a somewhat derisory initial payment for the 22-year-old, but the Mail has followed up on those claims to suggest Spurs did no such thing.
The latest report claims that by the end Tottenham were offering a straight cash deal of £25million for Berahino – a figure that West Brom are said to have still refused.
If a straight cash offer was made – rather than a down payment with a string of possible add-ons – then it becomes increasingly clear that West Brom simply had no intention of selling their prized asset regardless of the fee.
They were of course well within their rights to do that and Baggies fans will no doubt be pleased their club has stood up to a side attempting to prise away one of their best players.
But it does leave question marks over Berahino’s future, and leaves us to wonder who – if anyone – Spurs will move for in the January window.