The Tottenham Hotspur chairman has come up against an apparently immovable object in the form of West Bromwich Albion's Jeremy Peace.
According to a recent report from the Mirror, West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is refusing to have any contact with his counterpart at Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy.
The report claims the Spurs supremo is trying to bury the hatchet following the alleged fall-out that proceeded the North London club’s failed attempt to sign Saido Berahino in the summer, but that Peace is giving him the cold shoulder.
But wouldn’t Levy do exactly the same if the roles were reversed and West Brom were pushing to sign a Tottenham player he had no intention of allowing to go unless his valuation was met?
After all, Levy is famously one of the canniest negotiators in the game and Peace is no pushover himself, suggesting that the Tottenham chairman may have finally met his match.
Rather than being frustrated at any alleged impasse, Levy should simply hold his hands up and admit he would do something very similar to keep his best players out of the hands of other clubs.
Rarely does a player leave Tottenham for anything less than Levy’s valuation – just look at Paulinho’s summer switch and the lengthy negotiations that preceded Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov’s transfers to Manchester United – so he should either pay what it takes or forget Berahino and look elsewhere.