Leandro Trossard’s agent has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur wanted to wait rather than push forward with a move for the winger.
The Belgian international fell out of favour with Brighton and Hove Albion manager which saw him excluded from the first team squad (Mirror).
Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old and were reported to have had a £12million offer laughed off by the Seagulls, who were determined to hold out for a higher fee despite the falling out between the player and manager (Charlie Haffenden / Twitter).
Agent Josy Comhair has revealed that he contacted Arsenal‘s Sporting Director Edu Gaspar on Wednesday to explain that Trossard would not be signing a new contract on the south coast and was available for transfer. With interest from Marseille and Tottenham, Arsenal moved quickly to secure the services of the former Genk player on Friday for a £21million fee (Daily Mail), £9million more than what Spurs had tabled.
Comhair told Belgian news outlet HLN: “I called Edu Gaspar on Wednesday. I explained the situation. Before the World Cup we agreed that Leandro wouldn’t sign a new deal with Brighton. So they had to sell him now. Marseille were interested, I also talked to Tottenham. But they wanted to wait.”
Tottenham’s delay could mean one of two things; either the club were not fully convinced that a move for Trossard was right, or Daniel Levy wanted to try to drag out the negotiations in order to land the player for a fee that he found acceptable. If it were the latter, it would not be the first time in which Spurs have dragged their heels and ended up with egg on their face.
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