Some Tottenham Hotspur fans may be slightly aggravated by the lack of high profile additions that Mauricio Pochettino made last summer, but the negotiations skills of Daniel Levy have once again been highlighted.
Tottenham’s business during the previous transfer window has not been entirely successful. The addition of Vincent Janssen looks to have been a poor one, while question marks still remain over Georges Kevin-N’Koudou.
However, one player who has been an unarguable success since moving to White Hart Lane is Victor Wanyama.
The Kenyan arrived at Spurs and many felt he would be back-up, but his form has been sensational.
Wanyama has forced his way into Tottenham’s first choice line-up alongside Mousa Dembele, with Eric Dier, who was so impressive in defensive midfield last season, now being used as a centre-back again.
Spurs were interested in Wanyama for some time, but they waited and waited before striking to get their man.
While some Spurs fans were frustrated with Levy’s stalling over doing a deal for Wanyama, his bargaining talent has once again been highlighted through the business in the end.
Tottenham only paid £9 million for Wanyama (The 42), and they are about to recoup the bulk of that money through selling a player who has barely been used this season.
According to the Telegraph, Tom Carroll is now on the verge of leaving Spurs in an £8 million deal to join Swansea City.
Carroll is a solid player, but he is nowhere near the quality of Wanyama, and the trade seems like another remarkable piece of business from Levy, who’s negotiating skill is surely unrivalled in football.