Daniel Levy has launched a staunch defence of Spurs’ transfer dealings this summer, accusing West Brom of ‘disrespecting’ Saido Berahino.
Tottenham have been left with just one recognised striker after failing to make any signings on transfer deadline day, with Harry Kane – goalless in Spurs’ opening four fixtures – to be relied upon once again.
Heung-min Son and Clinton N’Jie both arrived earlier in the summer, but both are considered more wingers than strikers.
Spurs’ pursuit of West Brom striker Berahino was well-documented on Tuesday, with the club making two final bids for the Englishman. The final one was widely-reported to have included an initial £5million offer, with further payments staggered over the coming months.
West Brom rejected Spurs’ overtures, while a move for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama also failed, with chairman Levy defending the club’s business after the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust called for an explanation.
“We have never, as a Club, spoken about another team’s players and I am not about to do so now. However, I do want to make a few general points regarding transfers,” Levy said on www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“Firstly, there is hardly a transfer concluded across Europe which doesn’t include staged payments. This is particularly so when significant amounts such as £20m-£30m are involved – players don’t come cheaply these days.
“Secondly, we do not make anything personal. None of the proposals, discussions or negotiations we undertake involve any personal elements or ego – everything we do is in the interest of what is best for our Club.
“Thirdly, we never make anything public, particularly in the best interests of the players involved. Making aspects such as transfer requests public is wholly disrespectful to a player.
“Our pragmatic player trading has been important in the way we have run the business of the Club and in getting us to the position where we have now been able to start work on a new stadium – the one thing that has the ability to take this Club to the next level of competitiveness.
“I make no apologies for being ambitious for our Club and looking to deliver future success for our fans.”