Tottenham transfer news: Top target rejects £80,000-a-week contract as Pochettino closes in

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from the club which would have seen him earn £80,000-a-week.

The Foxes stepped up their bid to tie down the England international’s long-term future after it became apparent that other top clubs were monitoring his situation.

Whether or not interest from elsewhere has played into Drinkwater’s thinking remains to be seen, but The Sun report that Tottenham are keeping a close eye on proceedings with a view of making a move for the Premier League winner.

It’s added that Leicester are preparing an improved offer which will come close to offering the 26-year-old a £100,000-a-week package, but it only comes after a delay in talks led to Drinkwater questioning his worth to the club.

After playing an integral role in Leicester’s success last season, the former Manchester United starlet may well have considered himself a priority for the club this summer.

Instead, they moved to wrap up new contracts for Jamie Vardy and Andy King among others first, with Spurs then linked with making their move.

Mauricio Pochettino has already added Victor Wanyama to his midfield this summer, and so if there is truth in the reports of his interest, then evidently he still wants to add quality and depth in that department.

It remains to be seen whether or not Drinkwater is the player to provide that for him, as ultimately he could yet accept the improved terms from Leicester and continue to play an important role in Claudio Ranieri side’s progress this year.

The defending champions lost their opener against Hull City, while Tottenham were held to a draw by Everton. Both sides will be looking to bounce back in the coming weeks and with the deadline fast approaching, time will tell where Drinkwater will ply his trade for the rest of the season.

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