Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Adama Traore saw them make one final cash bid of £30million on deadline day – but Wolverhampton Wanderers said no.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that Tottenham launched one final offer to try and tempt Wolves into a last gasp move before the transfer deadline.
Wolves unsurprisingly said no, with £30million falling well short of Wolves’ asking price for their star winger.
Tottenham did attempt a loan deal last week, which included an option to turn the move permanent next summer, but Wolves rejected that bid.
The £5million loan fee and no obligatory purchase clause saw Wolves fend Tottenham off, which ultimately resulted in the straight cash bid.
Fabio Paratici likely knew this offer wasn’t going to work, but he didn’t try again after Wolves rejected the £30million proposal.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a huge fan of Traore, and branded him ‘special and unique’ during his time coaching the Spaniard at Wolves.
Quick, powerful and able to go past players for fun, Traore could have brought a new dimension to Tottenham’s attack, joining Son Heung-min and Harry Kane in a front three.
That won’t be happening now, but Tottenham may well look to try again in January.
After all, Traore’s contract expires in 2023, and Wolves may be under a little more pressure to sell come January if the winger hasn’t committed to an extension.