Tottenham in talks with Wolves over Adama Traoré

Premier League side also closing in on highly-rated teenage midfielder Pape Sarr

Tottenham are in talks with Wolves over a potential deal for Adama Traoré and look set to complete a deal for highly-rated teenage midfielder Pape Sarr from Metz.

Traoré, who played in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Spurs, thrived under Nuno Espírito Santo at Molineux and has been identified as the head coach’s preferred target to boost his attacking options. Tottenham are understood to be preparing a bid for the 25-year-old Spain international, who has two years remaining on his Wolves contract but has yet to agree an extension with the club he joined from Middlesbrough in 2018 despite opening talks last year.

Among the options for Spurs could be an attempt to sign Traoré on loan with an option to make his move permanent for about £40 million (€47 million).

PSV Eindhoven’s England Under-21 forward Noni Madueke, who came through the youth ranks at Tottenham before moving to the Netherlands in June 2018, is an alternative option despite the Dutch club’s desire to hold on to one of their prized assets.


Sarr, meanwhile, is expected to be loaned back to Metz as part of the £14 million (€16 million) deal, although talks are continuing with the 18-year-old over personal terms.

Verbal agreement

“Nothing is signed, but I have a verbal agreement with the president of Tottenham,” said Metz president Bernard Serin. “Pape must also be satisfied with the contract offered to him and this is not yet the case. There will be more discussions at the start of the week.”

He added: “If the transfer is to Tottenham, he will be loaned to FC Metz [for the season].”

He is a product of the Génération Foot academy in Dakar where Liverpool’s Sadio Mané and Ismaïla Sarr of Watford began their careers and made his senior debut for Senegal in March.

Elsewhere, Marc Cucurella is set to complete his move from Getafe to Brighton after Graham Potter’s side agreed to pay the 23-year-old’s €18 million release clause. The former Barcelona player made his Spain debut in June and was part of the squad that won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

– Guardian