Journalist reveals the fee which Spurs have paid Wolves for Doherty

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Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur ended up agreeing an even lower fee for Doherty than initially reported.

Spurs were initially said to have agreed on a fee of around £15million plus adds on for the right-back but Gold claims that Daniel Levy was able to bring the transfer fee down to £13.4million with no additional add ons.

The deal represents a considerable bargain for the North Londoners, with the right-back having three more years left to run on his contract at Molineux.

The Republic of Ireland international also counts as ‘homegrown’ both domestically as well as in European competitions, having signed for Wolves when he was 18 years of age.

Doherty will now travel to Bulgaria to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad for their Nations League on Tuesday.

The defender is expected to be available for Tottenham’s first Premier League game of the season against Everton on September 13.

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If it is true that we only paid £13.4m for Doherty, then it could well turn out to be one of the bargains of the summer. I suspect that Doherty’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and his connection with Mourinho, could have helped bring the fee down and speed up negotiations.

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  1. I have no great desire to pour scorn on Tottenham’s alleged great transfer activity but in all honesty i am finding it hard to be overwhelmed or blown away by what has been achieved thus far. But what have Spurs actually achieved here? The purchase of a solid midfielder from the bottom half of the premiership, a goalkeeper who has arguably been long past his best form, and a 28 year old right wing back who is probably already at the peak of his career. Don’t get me wrong here Hojbjerg looks a good acquisition and Docherty has battling qualities of determination in abundance, but are they truly top draw players who are going to make a notable difference in Tottenham’s challenge for honours. I don’t really know what to say about Hart other than he came as a freebie! He looks fit after getting himself in better shape, but can he really recapture the form that once made him an England No.1 especially if in the main he’s warming a bench as could well be the case? All this aside Spurs still need at least two more signings, a replacement centre back and a long needed striker as back up to HK to add depth to the squad. In earnest what concerns me most here is that comparatively with our rivals Tottenham’s spending looks paltry and smacks of second choice for want of better words. Just look at who Chelsea have bought and are still spending, and how Arsenal appear to be building solidly with notable acquisitions of their own. Then of course there is Man Utd’s now seemingly imminent arrival of Donny Van de Beek a player of enormous quality, whom for me is the calibre of player Spurs should be looking to capture as opposed to just be mildly linked with like so many other players of that ilk. The problem is that Spurs are just not financially competitive and held to account by the vice like grip of its chairman. Instead the club are forced to look at arguably risker but cheaper alternatives and seem reticent even in this. I read a recent article about Spurs interest in Ivan Rakitic who is being sold by Barcelona, but that Levy was unwilling to pay even £8.9M for the services of a 32 year old playmaker with genuine quality. I am under no illusion that Spurs can really compete with the likes of Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea or Liverpool but I believe that Enic are failing to invest either enough or regularly causing as a result the rug of the team being pulled from under its feet and a notable decline in its footballing fortunes. If I’m entirely honest I think Levy’s stance on recruitment has failed the club by and large, he has simply signed to many players that ill-fitted the squad and ignored a great many who have had proven themselves worthy elsewhere and many who have seen the value increase dramatically since. Unless Mourinho is able to work absolute miracles here – and there are so many critics out there already doubting his ability to do so now – then THFC and fans alike may again be set for a rough and inconsistent ride resulting in more trouble and agonising….. hope I’m wrong about this, but I’m not holding my breath yet!

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