The Athletic have revealed on their live transfer blog that Tottenham’s opening offer for Lloyd Kelly has been turned down by Bournemouth.

Tottenham’s interest in Kelly first came to light on Thursday afternoon when Fabrizio Romano took to social media to state that the Lilywhites were considering a late move for the central defender.

The journalist added that Spurs could even offer Eric Dier to Bournemouth as part of the deal to bring the 24-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Tottenham see £20m turned down for Lloyd Kelly

The Athletic have now asserted that Spurs made a straight cash offer of £20m for Kelly, which has been turned down by the Cherries.

The outlet adds the lack of sufficient time to find an adequate replacement is a factor in the south coast club’s decision to send back the offer.

The publication explains that Tottenham’s interest in Kelly has been ‘long-standing’ and that the Englishman’s ability to play as a centre-back and as a left-back appeals to Ange Postecoglou.

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Theoretically, we have two players in Van de Ven and Davies who can both operate as a left-back and as a left centre-back.  So, one would have thought that a right centre-back (as a cover for Romero) would have been a much bigger priority for Postecoglou.

Perhaps we will see Spurs making a late move for another centre-back of Perr Shurrs’ or Tosin Adarabioyo’s profile.

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