It does not seem as though a lot has changed regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of Pedro Porro, with Fabrizio Romano revealing that the North London club are still not prepared to meet the right-back’s release clause.

Multiple outlets revealed last week that Sporting Lisbon had made it clear that they would only let Porro leave if his £40m release clause was paid while Tottenham were trying to negotiate down the price (AS).

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Football.London’s Alasdair Gold explained last week that one of the reasons Spurs might be hesitant to activate the Spaniard’s release clause is that it would involve paying the entire fee upfront in one lump sum, while transfers usually involve staged payments in several instalments.

FC Inter News reported this morning that the North London club could turn their attention to the second name on Antonio Conte’s and Fabio Paratici’s wishlist, Denzel Dumfries, amidst the deadlocks in the negotiations over Porro.

Romano has now added that despite Spurs having talks with Sporting as well as through intermediaries, the deal remains difficult to pull off.

When asked about Tottenham’s pursuit of Porro, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “They had contacts with intermediaries, they had contacts with Sporting, they want €45 million, the payment of the Porro release clause, so not an easy one too.”

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Unless there is some movement in the negotiations between Tottenham and Sporting over the next couple of days, I fully expect the Lilywhites to turn their attention elsewhere, with Dumfries seemingly the likely fallback option for the club this window.

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