The Daily Mail today reports that Juande Ramos has sanctioned the sale of Darren Bent, but that Tottenham will seek to recoup the full £16.5m when they sell him. The Mail does then hurry on to say that this is pretty much a non-existent possibility – and they will listen to offers around the £12m mark – and would you believe it…Spurs just happen to be trailing Middlesbrough’s Stewart Downing, who is valued at…would you guess it….£12m.
The Mail has put two and two together and claims that although Bent
“was offered to Middlesbrough in Spurs’ attempts to prise Stewart Downing away from Teesside.
“Boro chairman Steve Gibson is holding out for a straight cash deal and will not sell the England winger for less than £12m.”
And Downings agent, Ian Elliott merely fanned the flames of Tottenham’s interest:
“Stewart is very, very flattered by Tottenham’s interest in him. They play the type of football he would like to be involved in.
“If the interest was firmed up he would be interested in talking to them, but we can’t take it any further.
“It’s between the two clubs. Once they have agreed a deal, we can look at it and see if it’s something we want to do.”
All this Downing talk is all well and good but how will Spurs rid themselves of one of the most overpriced and under performing players they have ever splashed the cash on?