Tottenham Hotspur's transfer plans could be about to take a hit as unwanted duo Michael Dawson and Gylfi Sigurdsson hesitate over proposed moves to Hull City and Crystal Palace respectively.
The Daily Mirror claims that Dawson wants a longer deal than Hull are offering the 30-year-old, while Icelander Sigurdsson wants to impress new manager Mauricio Pochettino before deciding to move away from White Hart Lane.
£15m transfer funds missing?
Not only could Spurs do with reducing the size of their squad before making additions, but the proposed £5million fee for Dawson and £10million transfer for Sigurdsson could hinder Pochettino from getting his chosen transfer targets.
A move for Swansea left-back Ben Davies is stalling due to differing valuations, while competition primarily from Liverpool for Dejan Lovren and Wilfried Bony will only drive prices up for those particular players.
Dawson has previously turned down a move away from North London. Two summers ago, Queen's Park Rangers had agreed a fee for the ex-Nottingham Forest centre back, but the England international turned down the move in a bid to impress Andre Villas-Boas, and was successful in working his way back into the side.
However, two years on, Dawson has struggled to succeed with the high line preferred by AVB, his replacement Tim Sherwood, and new boss Pochettino.
While his departure would be sad for Spurs fans given the player's devotion and dedication, ultimately there is the feeling he is not cut out for the very highest level.
Sigurdsson has failed to nail down a regular place since his move from Hoffenheim in 2012. Despite coming up with goals from midfield, the attacking midfield role is taken by Christian Eriksen, whose playmaking ability is better than the Icelander's, whilst Paulinho, Sandro, Etienne Capoue and Lewis Holtby bring more energy and power.
Unable to get into central midfield, and a bit too slow and weak to play on the wings, the undoubtedly talented former Reading attacker seems to be a square peg in a very round hole.
However, a player of his ability and age (24) may want to have another attempt making it at a top six club before dropping down the league.
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