According to recent comments from AZ Alkmaar’s sporting director Max Huiberts, Tottenham Hotspur have not returned following their initial rejected bid for Vincent Janssen.
Speaking to newspaper Noordholland Dagblad, Huiberts said there had been one bid from Spurs but it had been quiet ever since, and while that conflicts with recent reports suggesting Tottenham had improved their offer, it actually makes sense.
With Janssen allegedly favouring a move to Tottenham over Paris Saint-Germain (according to L’Equipe) the North London club’s chairman Daniel Levy will know he can play things relatively cool despite the apparent urgency stirred up by the rumour mill.
If the claims are true, Janssen wants a Tottenham move and as a consequence Levy will not want to pay any more than he has to, even if that means biding his time rather than securing a quick deal this summer as he did for Victor Wanyama.
When a player has his heart set on one side they often get their way. Not always, as was proved with Tottenham’s ill-fated pursuit of Saido Berahino, but Levy is unlikely to come up against a man as resolute as West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace again any time soon.
The simple fact is Levy wants to get the best possible deal and if Janssen turns down better offers from elsewhere that may ultimately happen if, as seems to be the case, Tottenham are prepared to play the waiting game.