Report: Spurs paid super-agent £6m as part of deal to land player last summer

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According to a report in Football Insider, Tottenham Hotspur paid super-agent Jorge Mendes a staggering £6m to complete the signing of Matt Doherty from Wolves.

It was reported last summer that Spurs had paid £16m for Doherty’s services and some Spurs fans at the time considered the fee to be a bargain.

Some question marks were raised about the low fee at the time given the fact that Mendes had Doherty, Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo as clients and was acting an advisor to Wolves.

The move has not quite worked out for the Republic of Ireland international, who has struggled to establish himself as a starter at Spurs ahead of Serge Aurier.

Football Insider claim that a recruitment source has confided that £6m of the fee that Spurs paid for the right-back went to Mendes.

This means that Wolves only pocketed around £10m from the 29-year-old’s move to North London.

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Daniel Levy has generally not been one to pay big agent fees during his time in charge of Tottenham. However, it is not surprising that he gave the green light for the Doherty deal as £16m was a bargain for the Irishman, irrespective of how much went into Mendes’ pocket.

That fee might not seem like a great deal in hindsight given Doherty’s struggles this season but the 29-year-old still has enough time to turn his Spurs career around. Even if he fails to improve his form, the North Londoners could still get a decent resale value for the experienced Premier League star.

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