Have Tottenham's prolonged negotiations made a fourth summer signing impossible?

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur have still only completed two moves so far this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and his son in the stands

Tottenham Hotspur fans are among the most patient in the country. They have to be when you consider how a seemingly simply transfer can drag on for weeks and sometimes months, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s proposed move to White Hart Lane seemingly a day away from completion for the last fortnight.

The same happened with Vincent Janssen, who was tipped to be a Spurs player for much of the summer only for negotiations to drag on until finally, thankfully, he donned the shirt and became Tottenham’s second signing of this window.

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The move for Victor Wanyama was smoother, albeit a year in the making, and with less than a month remaining it could be argued that there is simply not enough time for Tottenham to bring in a fourth player…assuming N’Koudou ultimately becomes the third.

Of course a deal can be completed swiftly, as many have before, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made a name for himself as a canny, tough and sometimes problematic negotiator.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs fans love him for it, but with rumours from French website Le Phoceen that Levy’s tactics are beginning to frustrate N’Koudou’s current club Marseille, they may also be left to rue a missed opportunity.

There is an element of devil’s advocate involved here, but the way the moves for Janssen and N’Koudou have gone, Tottenham fans would be forgiven for thinking that with the way they do business, there is simply not enough time to get another attacking midfielder or striker over the line this side of January.

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

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