Tottenham’s January Adama Traore transfer hopes dented as Wolves contract talks reopened

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Talks between Wolves and Adama Traore have reportedly started again following the Spaniard’s failed move to Tottenham and discussions are progressing well. Molineux chiefs have been looking to tie Traore down to a new long-term deal but negotiations collapsed earlier this summer, sparking fears he could depart.

Spurs then made a late surge for Adama as they looked to bolster their attacking options.

Tottenham’s initial offer was a loan with a £40million option to buy but that was rebuffed by Wolves.

Earlier this week, one day before the transfer deadline, Spurs then made a straight £30m offer but that was also rejected.

While Wolves boss Bruno Lage made it clear the club did not want to sell, it’s understood £50m may have changed their mind.

Adama has less than two years remaining on his current contract and Wolves must be mindful that his value will be decreasing with every month that goes by.

However, The Athletic are now reporting that talks over a new deal are going well after being revived this week.

That is bad news for Tottenham if they were planning to revisit negotiations in January.

Nuno Espirito Santo helped elevate Adama to new heights during their time together at Molineux and both were keen on a reunion in north London.

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Chelsea had also shown interest in Adama earlier in the window but the Blues failed to follow it up with an offer.

Traore could have been Tottenham’s sixth summer signing after Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil, Cristian Romero, Pape Matar Sarr and Emerson Royal all arrived at the club this summer.

New technical director Fabio Paratici was the key driving force behind Tottenham’s new recruitment team and the Italian has revealed the objective was to target younger players to freshen up the squad.

“The window was hard for everybody,” Paratici said. “The pandemic affected a lot this kind of market.

“We had an objective, a target, to renew the team. Young players, young talent with big potential and their hope is to win something with Tottenham – to win something with this great team.

“We have here a lot of players who, in my opinion, are big players that in the last two seasons have not been at their level of performance.

“So, our target, when me, Nuno and Steve (Hitchin, technical performance director) met, was to reinvigorate the team. Give more discipline, give more work in terms of physical work, more organisation. And Nuno did this kind of job very well.”

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