Tottenham Hotspur have only a few hours left if they are to secure one final signing this transfer window…
According to Football Insider, Spurs are prepared to offer more in add-ons to Swansea City in the hope of securing central defender Joe Rodon before the 5pm deadline this evening.
However, it is thought that this would still fall short of the Championship outfit’s initial £18m valuation with Daniel Levy only offering £8m upfront.
Speaking to the BBC earlier this week, Swans boss Steve Cooper referenced Ben Godrey’s £25m move to Everton from league rivals Norwich City when talking about the 22-year-old’s potential worth.
Having already missed out on one centre-back target, Levy would be a fool to repeat his mistake with Rodon.
Claims from Italy suggest that the Spurs chief failed in his attempts to lower the Inter colossus’ price down with the Serie A outfit taking a similar stance to his over Christian Eriksen.
And that has clearly come back to bite them.
Levy’s stubbornness has cost them one defensive solution, so he can’t let it happen again today.
Rodon’s exploits were on show in midweek as Wales kept a clean sheet against Bulgaria – he recorded five clearances and enjoyed 98% passing accuracy.
It is merely continuing his red-hot start to the season having averaged 7.8 clearances, 5.3 aerials won and 2.3 interceptions per game, via WhoScored.
Sky Sports have previously waxed lyrical over the young sensation, dubbing him a “special talent” with similarities to former Chelsea legend John Terry, who Jose Mourinho knows all too well.
Andy Hinchcliffe added: “You look at Ferdinand and Terry and there are elements of both in Rodon’s game. What I want from a centre-half is someone who loves to defend.”
Only one other team inside the Premier League’s top seven leaked more goals than Spurs last season whilst this term, Mourinho’s men are yet to keep a clean sheet.
Add in the departures of Jan Vertonghen and Juan Foyth, then it’s ever so clear that the north Londoners need another centre-back.
Levy cannot let this one slip.
AND in other news, Levy played a blinder with Andre Villas-Boas flop once valued at £45m…