Tottenham transfer news: Spurs ‘prefer Wolves swap deal’ for Matt Doherty | Football | sport

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Tottenham would rather trade up to two players for Matt Doherty, rather than just pay cash for the full-back. Spurs are believed to be close to a deal worth around £ 15million for the Republic of Ireland international.

Jose Mourinho is believed to have liked Doherty for several months, but Tottenham have done their best to keep the interest a secret.Earlier this week it emerged that he is a target for the Portuguese, who are looking to fill in the gaps in certain areas of his squad.

Spurs were in dire need of a right-back because of Serge Aurier’s disastrous performance and inconsistency.

The Ivorian arrived in north London from Paris Saint-Germain after Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City.

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While Kieran Trippier was the top pick in 2018/19, the England international’s move to Atletico Madrid last summer saw Aurier nail his place in the squad.

He now looks set to join AC Milan, with Bayer Leverkusen also attracting interest.

Yesterday it was believed Tottenham and Wolves were close to a deal for Doherty.

While it remains the case, Irish media outlet Off The Ball reports that Spurs would rather trade one or two players for Doherty rather than pay in cash.

The report claims that the Bohemians on the Irish side, who sold Doherty to the Wolves in 2010, may no longer receive the cash infusion they once expected.

The deal from 10 years ago contained a 10% sell-out clause that would see Bohemians earn around £ 1.5million if the deal was made at £ 15million.

Spurs are believed to be fond of a swap deal, which may be why there was a slight delay on a final deal.

Doherty is on vacation in Sardinia after Wolves left for the Europa League quarter-finals in Seville.

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He is now expected to return to the UK before leaving the black country for the capital.

Tottenham have already considered other options at the right-back but Doherty is a perfect fit for Mourinho.

Daniel Levy was very fond of Norwich youngster Max Aarons, but Mourinho had reservations about his height.

Timothy Castagne and Nordi Mukiele were also taken into account, but Spurs are now close to reaching their right-back goal.

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