Tottenham's name thrown into the mix for James Rodriguez but deal always unlikely

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, although they are allegedly unwilling to go near his full asking price.

James Rodriguez playing for Colombia

Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial has run an extended featured on the future of Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, and along with the usual suspects Tottenham Hotspur have found their name thrown into the mix.

The paper is not prone to hyperbole or transfer tittle-tattle, so they are quick to state that Spurs are not going to get anywhere near the £66million asking price, but it makes for interesting reading nonetheless.

Tottenham would reportedly be interested in bringing the Colombian international to North London this summer, but then again, who wouldn't, with Liverpool and Arsenal mentioned for good measure.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has had his hands burned before when it comes to big-money signings, and that was for around half the amount it would take to bring the 25-year-old to the club.

However, there is little doubt Rodriguez would be the kind of superstar signing Tottenham need to challenge both domestically and in Europe.

While Mauricio Pochettino is reaping the benefits of a cannily assembled squad and putting his faith in youth, Tottenham are arguably on the cusp of something even better, and with the right additions they could reach the next level.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after the match

Even Sir Alex Ferguson supplemented his fledglings with big-name additions and Pochettino will know that while he cannot spend huge sums on a single player, a bona fide star name could make all the difference if he can strike a bargain.

Rodriguez may not be that player, despite his ability to both score and create on a regular basis, but seeing Tottenham mentioned as a potential destination reminds us that if a club are willing to spend £30million on Moussa Sissoko (albeit spread over a few years) they should go slightly higher for a player who can actually make a significant difference for the team when the right one comes along.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez comes on as a substitute to replace Toni Kroos

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