Tottenham set to make Alderweireld contract offer to end lengthy saga

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to bring an end to the lengthy saga surrounding Toby Alderweireld as they consider a new contract offer for the Belgian, HLN reports.

What’s the word?

Heavily linked with an exit from White Hart Lane during the summer, Toby Alderweireld’s future continues to attract plenty of speculation as he closes in on a reported £25m release clause that becomes active next summer.

Tottenham, understandably, do not want the Belgium international to leave, especially for a fee considerably less than his market worth, and secured a major triumph this summer by retaining his services.

While a transfer frenzy could kick off again in January or at the end of the season, Belgian outlet HLN suggests that Spurs are looking to avoid that situation by offering the 29-year-old a new contract.

Should they do it?

With Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez in the squad, the latter showing considerable improvements in recent months, Tottenham could probably cope with the departure of Toby Alderweireld but it would send entirely the wrong message to the rest of the Premier League.

As Spurs battling the financial implications and teething problems of their imminent move to a rejuvenated White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino’s side needs to be very careful with their work in the transfer market – particularly when it comes to outgoings.

Lessons can be learnt from arch-rivals Arsenal, who lost the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor and Samir Nasri in the years following their switch to the Emirates Stadium, establishing a reputation as a selling club – which has proven to be extremely difficult to shake.

Tottenham, with the intention of remaining in their current position near the summit of the Premier League and potentially pushing for honours, cannot afford to make the same mistake and securing Alderweireld to a new deal would show the Lilywhites mean business.