Report: Tottenham’s contract talks with player stall ‘after months of negotiations’

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Tottenham Hotspur have hit a roadblock in their efforts to get Japhet Tanganga signed on a new contract, according to a report by The Athletic.

The centre-back signed a short-term extension earlier this year that runs until the end of next season (Football.London).

However, it is claimed that Spurs are keen to tie him down to a long-term deal after his impressive performances for the first-team before the suspension of the Premier League season.

The report claims that the defender who is currently on £1,000 a week has been offered a £15,000 a week deal by the club but it is claimed that the 21-year-old believes he merits a bigger increase on the back of his performances this season.

It is revealed that Tanganga has enjoyed working with Jose Mourinho and is keen to commit his future to the club while Tottenham are also eager to tie him down to a new deal.

It is said that both parties remain confident that an agreement could be reached but that the Spurs academy graduate may attract interest from other clubs in the Premier League as well as abroad if he does not commit his future to Spurs.

Given the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is suggested that the North Londoners are likely to wait before sealing European qualification before agreeing to new deals with Tanganga, as well as Eric Dier.

It is suggested that Tanganga could be handed a start at right-back against Leicester City tomorrow, with Serge Aurier travelling to France on Thursday after his brother was murdered earlier in the week and remains to be seen whether he will decide to head back to London in time for the game.

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I can understand why the club is hesitant to offer Tanganga a bumper extension given that he has made only six Premier League appearances so far. While the defender looks like a fantastic prospect, the jury is still out on how far he can go as we do not have a large sample space to judge him on.

As opposed to someone like Skipp, who is extremely highly thought off by everyone at Spurs, Tanganga seems to be a relatively late developer. However, I would hope that the club are able to reach an agreement with the 21-year-old as he not only seems to have the physical and technical attributes to develop into a top centre-half but he also seems extremely coachable, which is why Jose seems to have taken to him.

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