Daniel Levy is back in Spain with a suitcase of cash, desperate for any striker.
An unnamed English club made a deadline day bid for Tottenham target Alvaro Negredo, according to Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido.
Negredo, who was part of Spain’s victorious Euro 2012 squad earlier this summer, has attracted interest from a string of Premier League sides, including Liverpool, in recent years.
And according to del Nido, the Spain international, who has scored 47 league goals since joining Sevilla in 2009, was the subject of a failed €20million bid last Friday.
“On the last day [of the transfer window], an English club offered Sevilla 20 millions [euros] for the striker,” said del Nido.
“First, we did not think of selling him in the market, but the player also said he wanted to stay at Sevilla. And it was not the day to make sales.”
There was a rumour, quite possibly peddled by Arsenal fans, but widely accepted and bemoaned by Tottenham fans, that last summer on deadline day, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was manically flying round Spain, armed with a suitcase full of cash, desperate trying to sign any striker available.
Judging by the comments above, this summer’s deadline day might not have been so different, as Sevilla’s president revealed that an unnamed club – let’s face it, it’s Tottenham – made a deadline day bid for Alvaro Negredo.
Just why Levy is so disorganised that he insists on trying to do the majority of his business on the last day possible remains to be seen. You don’t see Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson frantically scrabbling for players at the eleventh hour and Levy’s game of brinksmanship is costing Spurs dearly.
The north Londoners have picked up just 1 Premier League point from a possible 12 in the last two summers in matches before the transfer window shut and missed out on boss Andre Villas-Boas’ top-target, Joao Moutinho, this year because Levy left it too late to make a bid.
Perhaps if he’d offered Porto the cash for the playmaker just a day sooner, Moutinho would now be a Spurs player and Villas-Boas wouldn’t be scratching his head desperately trying to work out how to replace the creativity lost by Luka Modric’s and Rafa van der Vaart’s departures.
As Sevilla’s chairman Jose Maria del Nido correctly observes, deadline day is not the time to make sales. And, although Levy has undeniably picked up the odd gem at the last minute (van der Vaart, or Clint Dempsey, who looks at steal at £6m), broadly speaking it is not the time to make purchases either. The sooner Spurs realise it, the better.
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