Danny Murphy advises Daniel Levy of clever way Spurs can keep Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld on the substitute bench  before the game

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy says there are 'ways and means' for the club to keep prized asset Toby Alderweireld.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs are set to finish runners-up in the Premier League to champions Chelsea after another hugely promising campaign under Mauricio Pochettino.

Indeed their final points tally would have been enough to win the North Londoners the title last season.

Despite the progress being made on and off the pitch by the club, another trophyless season coupled with a strict wage structure has given rise to speculation over the future of a number of key players.

The Sun has reported that influential trio Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all wants to quit the club this summer with both Manchester clubs reportedly circling.

It has also been reported by the likes of The Sun that contract talks with defender Toby Alderweireld, rated the top centre back in Europe, have stalled after he demanded parity with top earner Harry Kane.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld celebrates after the gameTottenham's Toby Alderweireld

Supporters are concerned the wage structure could see players like Alderweireld leave but former Spurs star turned respected pundit Danny Murphy told talkSPORT the club just need to be clever to keep him.

"The one they've got a real problem with is Alderweireld, because he's the best centre half in Europe and he's on peanuts" Murphy told talkSPORT.

Tottenham new signing Danny MurphyFormer Spurs star turned pundit Danny Murphy

"And even if they put him to the max, he's still on peanuts compared to what he should be getting. You need to be rewarded when you're in your pomp, and he is in his pomp.

"You can be clever (to get around the pay structure). The perception is that he earns £100,000 per week, and they weigh him in with a loyalty bonus of £5million or whatever it may be, there's ways and means of doing it so the perception is that the wage structure stays the same."

Murphy makes a salient point and it is probably an avenue Alderweireld has or will persue in negotiations.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel LevyTottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

But when the figures inevitably leak out Daniel Levy could have a number of unhappy players on their hands demanding more money.

So rather than offsetting wage increases against one-off bonus payments, the club should just change the pay structure to accommodate a clutch of star players in a tiered system where Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen sit at the top.

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