Tottenham Hotspur should lower Tom Carroll valution

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

Is Tottenham Hotspur's Tom Carroll really worth £10 million?

The Sun reported on the weekend that Swansea City are weighing up a bid for £10 million-rated Tottenham Hotspur man Tom Carroll.

Tottenham would be right to offload him, considering his Premier League action this season can be measured by seconds and not minutes, but it will be difficult to find a buyer willing to match those figures.

If Swansea had reservations about paying similar money for Joe Allen, on the back of a fine Euro 2016 display with Wales, then the Swans are unlikely to stump up the cash for a 24-year-old with significantly less stripes than the Welsh midfielder.

If they can get that sort of money then of course they should, but if Swansea, or anybody else, feel like haggling then chairman Daniel Levy should be a lot more flexible than he is known to be during the negotiation process.

Tottenham's Tom Carroll celebrates after scoring

Carroll, a Spurs academy graduate, has only 40 Premier League appearances under his belt - 13 for Swansea during a loan stint two years ago - and the reality is that Tottenham will need to come down on price a little if they want to cut him loose and use his sale to improve the squad.

There will be a greater spotlight on Spurs' transfer business in January because, at the moment, Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko, who cost a combined £48 million in the summer, are looking like rather poor investments.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Manager Mauricio Pochettino could and probably should have less money to throw around next month and an extra five or six million could make a big difference.

There is no need to jeopardise that kind of sale by slapping an unreasonable price-tag on a player who, frankly, hasn't achieved anything in football. He has promise, but there is something a bit damning about using the P word in relation to a player who turns 25 in May.

Levy is known to be a tough negotiator but there's no need for him to live up to that image here. It's an unnecessary risk that will act as a deterrent. He should halve Carroll's valuation and run in the opposite direction when the deal is done.

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