Journalist Luke Hatfield has revealed that Tottenham were the only side looking to sign Adama Traore from Wolves this summer.
What happened with Traore?
In short, not much in the end.
But as the clock ticked towards the 11pm deadline on August 31, Nuno Espirito Santo was trying to sign Traore for the second time in his career.
Having said that, by the time deadline day was in full flow, Wolves had already knocked back a £5m loan bid for the flying winger, according to the Times, and were soon demanding at least £50m to prize him away from Molineux.
Despite Spurs’ desperate need for another attacking player, they weren’t willing to meet Wolves’ asking price and therefore right-back Emerson Royal remained their only deadline day purchase.
Wolves may have held firm on this occasion, but with less than two years remaining on Traore’s contract, we might not have heard the last of this.
What did Hatfield say about Traore?
Whilst Hatfield recognised that the £50m that Wolves demanded was quite steep, he said that Tottenham were the only club showing real interest in the Spaniard:
He told GIVEMESPORT: “It was an interesting situation, wasn’t it? The only real interest came from Spurs, and it was an easy link to make because of Nuno. But it was a lot of money that Wolves wanted for him.”
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Would Traore have started for Tottenham?
He would certainly have had every chance.
The departures of both Erik Lamela and Gareth Bale, two players that predominantly played on the wing, meant that Santo needed another wide player – which is exactly why Spurs went after Traore.
If Traore had shown his best form, which hasn’t always been straightforward, there’s no reason he couldn’t have been a regular part of a front-three with Heung Min Son and Harry Kane.
Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura would have something to say about that, but Bale’s departure especially made Spurs’ need for another attacker even greater.
And with Tottenham in Europe once again, albeit the Europa Conference League, a move to north London would have given Traore more than enough chances to establish himself in Santo’s best XI.