In Focus: Tottenham suffer transfer blow as Gray closes on new Leicester deal

According to reports in The Telegraph, Tottenham Hotspur target Demarai Gray is set to sign a new £50,000-a-week contract with Leicester City.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail reported back in May that Spurs were interested in signing the winger after he endured a frustrating 2016/17 season with the Foxes, with many of his appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.

However, The Telegraph now says that Gray is in advanced talks with the former Premier League champions about extending his stay at the King Power Stadium.

The report says that Bournemouth had two bids for the England Under-21 international rejected, including one totalling £25m on transfer deadline day.

Why would Tottenham want Gray?

Despite the fact that he is yet to become a regular starter for Leicester, the wide man has certainly shown enough glimpses of his ability for the Foxes, the England youth sides and Birmingham City previously that he has something about him.

The 21-year-old loves running at defenders and has also shown his ability to cut in from the left side and score goals with his right foot – he did it against Manchester United at Old Trafford last season and for his country against Latvia at the start of this month.

Spurs are certainly lacking that depth and quality in wide areas at the current time with Erik Lamela on the sidelines and Moussa Sissoko failing to impress, and it is likely to be a position that Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve upon in the future.

Will Gray be making the right decision if he stays?

Probably, yes.

Even though he is yet to start a Premier League game for Craig Shakespeare’s men this season and appeared from the substitutes’ bench against Chelsea on Saturday, it seems that Leicester is the right place for him to continue his development right now.

It is unlikely that Gray would break past the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Hueng-Min in the Spurs side right now, and he may be better off being patient if he eventually wants to secure a move to one of the bigger clubs in the English top flight.