Tottenham Hotspur could have been handed a potential boost in their reported pursuit of the Sporting right wing-back, Pedro Porro.
Porro has been a layer who has been heavily linked with a potential move to north London this month with the Spaniard believed to be at the top of Fabio Paratici’s list.
And now, insider Graeme Bailey has said on the latest episode of the Talking Transfers podcast that there are some inside Sporting who are warming to an offer with instalments from Spurs:
“Tottenham won’t pay the full release clause which Sporting are insisting. However, we’ve learned there are some within Sporting’s hierarchy who are willing to take instalments.”
It has been suggested Porro – who’s been hailed as a “special talent” – is the priority this month and considering over two weeks into the window Spurs are still pursuing him that does seem to be the case.
However, this does make us wonder what the plan is at Spurs if they are unable to land Porro in the remaining days of the January window.
Until Bailey’s comments, there has been the narrative that Sporting have given Spurs the ultimatum of pay his release clause or look elsewhere.
The fact Spurs are seemingly still trying to make some progress in this deal would suggest they believe Sporting could give way.
But if this does not turn out to be the case then Spurs could well be left with egg on their face and possibly even left searching the market for another option.
And this will only likely frustrate the fans who are already letting their voices be heard over their thoughts on the Tottenham owners amid their current poor form.
Spurs wanted to sign Alessandro Bastoni in the summer and ended up with Clement Lenglet. Spurs want Porro but who will they end up with?
And it is these types of transfer failings which could potentially see Antonio Conte decide his future on if he does not feel he is been adequately backed by the owners.