Sam Allardyce has revealed that Daniel Levy once left West Ham United frustrated by pulling the plug on Emmanuel Adebayor’s sale to the Hammers just fifteen minutes before the transfer window slammed shut.
Levy has developed a reputation as one of the hardest negotiators in football and the Spurs chairman once again proved that this summer by hanging on to Harry Kane amid intense speculation over his future.
Pep Guardiola admitted last week that it was Levy’s refusal to entertain any offers for the England captain that scuppered the Premier League champions’ pursuit of the 28-year-old.
Allardyce, who was a guest on Sky Sports’ transfer deadline show recalled a story from his West Ham days about how the Tottenham chairman decided to pull the plug on Adebayor’s loan exit just before the window slammed shut which also scuppered Carlton Cole’s hopes of moving to West Bromwich Albion in 2015.
Here’s what the experienced coach told Sky Sports:
🗣 "15 minutes before the deadline was shut, David Sullivan got the call from Daniel Levy to say it was all off."
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 31, 2021
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Levy’s reputation for squeezing as much as possible out of player sales certainly helps Spurs hold on to their star players as it discourages Europe’s big-hiiters from pursuing the likes of Kane and Son.
However, I do wonder if the Spurs chairman’s hard-nosed approach also makes it difficult for the North London club to move on some of their deadwood. The incident narrated by Allardyce would have certainly made West Ham wary of dealing with Spurs in the future.
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