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Spurs: Nuno Santo dealt Adama Traore transfer setback

Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of signing Adama Traore in the future have been dealt a gutting blow…

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In the final week of the summer transfer window, the north London outfit were heavily mooted with a move for the Wolves winger.

According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, Spurs were set to “accelerate talks” to sign the Spanish international on loan with a view to a permanent £40m move. The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke even suggested that a deal had actually been agreed.

Evidently, that did not come to fruition and now the Lilywhites’ may not be able to secure a move for the Nuno Santo favourite in the near future.

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The Sun claim that Wolves now want to make Traore their highest-paid player by offering him a bumper £120k-per-week four-year contract extension.

It’s thought that this would more than double his current deal (£55k-per-week) and it is an attempt to keep teams like Spurs at bay heading into January and beyond. Talks will be stepped up after the international break.

Gutting setback

This will come as a massive blow to Nuno, who would have surely loved to see his former star reunited with him in north London.

A front three of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Traore would be one hugely frightening prospect as the explosive Wolves star has regularly troubled many a Premier League defence since his breakthrough at Molineux (largely under the Portuguese head coach, too).

For example, last season, the 25-year-old beast topped the charts for successful dribbles per game (4.1) and was the third-most fouled player (2.3x per match) in the division, per WhoScored.

Whilst in Spurs’ clash with Wolves this term, Traore bullied Nuno’s backline. He recorded nine dribbles, won 17 duels and created four key chances, via SofaScore.

After the game, Nuno claimed (via football.london): “I think Wolves have a very good team and created us enormous problems – big, big problems. One of those was Adama. Everyone knows Adama is unique, and he’s very hard to stop.”

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Meanwhile, some of his past performances have earned high praise from many of the Premier League’s best – namely Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who once described the 5 foot 10 powerhouse as “unplayable“, and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who dubbed him a “machine” on BT Sport duties.

Neither of Nuno’s current right-sided options have performed to a similar output as Traore this season, with Lucas Moura (2.3) and Steven Bergwijn (1.3) recording fewer dribbles thus far.

If Nuno and Fabio Paratici have any plans to reignite their interest in the £27m-rated summer target, then they may well be hugely disappointed given this latest development.

The chances of Traore becoming a Spurs player anytime soon appear to be diminishing.

AND in other news, Spurs receive big transfer boost over “complete” £34m-rated beast, Nuno surely buzzing

Article title: Spurs: Nuno Santo dealt Adama Traore transfer setback

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