Sky Sports journalist Paul Gilmour has claimed Tottenham ‘did everything possible’ to secure a transfer for Porto winger Luis Diaz before Liverpool leapfrogged ahead of them in negotiations.
After allegedly agreeing a deal worth £40 million plus £8 million in add-ons on Thursday evening (The Sun), Spurs have since been shifted aside in the race by Liverpool, with Diaz preferring a move to Anfield instead (Sky Sports).
The Daily Mail claims the Reds are set to bid £37 million for the 25-year-old, with performance-related bonuses taking the full fee to the £50 million range.
Despite Diaz siding with a transfer to Jurgen Klopp’s side, Gilmour believes the North London side did everything in their power to see a move come to fruition ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
He told Sky Sports: “Tottenham feel like they did everything possible to secure the deal for Porto’s Luis Diaz. The fee wasn’t an issue, but rather the player simply prefers Liverpool.
“Tottenham were willing to pay €45 million, plus €10m performance-related add-ons, for the Colombia international.
“There was confidence from both clubs that a financial package could be agreed before Liverpool interest was reignited.
“Spurs continue to work hard on other targets, but January is an unpredictable window.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Diaz will go into the pile of big names that Spurs tried to sign but ultimately failed in doing so. He isn’t exactly a player the squad needs at present, but his calibre makes it a difficult one to turn your nose up to. Unfortunately, Liverpool is a more attractive place to play than Spurs at the moment, and that’s the reality.
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