Tottenham's reported pursuit of Maddison and their conduct in Tracey deal shows how savvy they are in the transfer market

Tottenham Hotspur continue to build for the future.

According to a report from the Independent, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a fresh bid for Coventry City midfielder James Maddison during the January transfer window.

It is claimed Spurs failed in a similar effort in the summer but that they are now redoubling their efforts to bring him to White Hart Lane and are prepared to loan him back to the Sky Blues for the rest of the season.

If that sounds familiar, it is because Tottenham did something very similar with Dele Alli just 12 months ago, agreeing a deal with MK Dons but allowing the outstanding midfielder to finish the campaign in League One, helping them to promotion in the process.

Maddison is a 19-year-old attacking midfielder who has featured 29 times for Coventry’s first-team to date, scoring four goals and providing five assists, and if the latest report is true it shows Tottenham are doing things the right way when it comes to building for the future.

Many clubs get caught out when a target moves elsewhere or when a whole host of clubs force a bidding war. However in Tottenham’s case it seems they are keen to move early and keep the selling club onside by not immediately robbing them of their talent.

It worked wonders in the deal for Alli and Ebbsfleet United recently went on record to praise the conduct of Spurs in the negotiations for Shilow Tracey, although he moved to North London straight away.

So for all the criticism Spurs chairman Daniel Levy gets from fans of other clubs, the simple fact is he knows how to conduct effective business, and Tottenham are building a fine core for the future by outsmarting the opposition both on and off the field.

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