Former Hull City striker Dean Windass says he is not surprised that Tottenham pushed to sign Adama Traore this summer.
Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo made it his goal to be reunited with the Spaniard, after enjoying a fruitful spell together at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was reported by The Telegraph that Spurs proposed a loan bid with an option to buy, including a £5 million fee for the winger, but saw it rejected by the West Midlands side who insisted they would not sell this summer.
Then, according to The Athletic, Spurs returned with a second and ultimately final offer for Traore on deadline day, this time bidding £30 million, but again were rebuffed by Wolves who remained firm.
Traore has just under two years remaining on his contract at Molineux, and there is hope a new deal will be agreed to keep him in the Midlands for the foreseeable future.
Although Spurs failed with both their offers, former Premier League forward Windass is not surprised Nuno wanted to work with the 25-year-old again.
Windass told Football FanCast: “I’m not surprised that the manager would try signing him, obviously he knows the boy inside-out.
“He’ll get you up the pitch, just lacks that little bit of quality but obviously then you can work on that, stay behind after training, work on your crossing.
“I think that he struggles on his left side so you stay behind, and you start drilling balls into the back of the net with your left foot but apart from that he will attract anyone with his pace and that’s why Tottenham probably try and attract him.”
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Traore would have been a useful player to have in the squad, as someone who can stretch the game for the other Spurs attackers. But Wolves were fair in they could value him what they believe is fair, given his contract still has a couple of years remaining with them.
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