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Tottenham’s interest in Adama Traore came to an abrupt end on Tuesday’s deadline day – and it may get even worse, as Wolves reportedly could offer the Spaniard a bumper new contract to stay at Molineux.
Nuno Espirito Santo moved to Tottenham in the summer after serving four years in the dugout at Wolves, and looked to take Traore with him.
With Wolves quoting a fee of £40million for one of their star assets, a deal was reportedly on the cards.
Yet, with Spurs only willing to pay a fee of up to £30m, and with Wolves reportedly raising the asking price to £50m on Tuesday, a deal couldn’t be brokered in a £20m difference.
Traore earned rave reviews for his performance in Wolves’ agonising loss to Manchester United on Sunday.
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But his excellence could not be turned into goals as Wolves suffered a third consecutive 1-0 defeat in the league.
A deal could potentially be done next summer, given that Traore currently has just two years left on his contract and has repeatedly turned down contract offers from Wolves chiefs.
Traore could even have been sold at the start of the window for the right price as the west Midlands outfit were willing to listen to offers for the pacy winger.
However, following Traore’s newfound inspired form and the window closing, he could be offered a new contract per the Birmingham Mail.
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Considering that Wolves gave him the platform for his stardom, Traore may feel inclined to stick around a little longer at Molineux.
And if he does sign a new deal, that could end Spurs’ hopes of reuniting the winger with Nuno and force them to move on to alternative targets instead.
Traore would be even harder to prise from Wolves should he sign a new contract, unless a release clause of lower than £40m is included, which would surely be unlikely.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage has stated Traore is happy with where he is.
“I see a player happy every day and working hard,” Lage said shortly before the window closed.
“The way he’s playing with us, I think he’s happy – and I’m very happy with him.”
Wolves will look to finally get off the mark in their next Premier League game against Watford.
And having not scored a single goal in the league yet, Traore and his team-mates will be desperate to break their duck.
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