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Tottenham: David Ornstein plays down hope of imminent takeover developments

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David Ornstein has claimed that he is not expecting Daniel Levy to leave Tottenham Hotspur anytime soon.

The Lowdown: Takeover rumours continue

It has been reported over the last few weeks that Spurs are attracting interest from overseas parties who could be willing to buy out majority owners ENIC, which would bring to an end their 22-year tenure owning Tottenham.

However, since the initial reports emerged, nothing has come to fruition, which may have come to the annoyance of Tottenham fans who have watched their side slump to two consecutive 1-0 defeats in the past week.

Spurs fans have certainly made their voices heard in recent times, with protests and chants about wanting Levy and ENIC out of their club so they can compete with the big teams in England – but Ornstein isn’t expecting anyone new to arrive anytime soon.

The Latest: Levy and Lewis not planning on leaving Spurs

While speaking on Sky Sports News, Ornstein issued the damning takeover claim that Spurs fans wouldn’t have wanted to hear that their current owners have no intention of selling the club.

He said: “I’m sure, as Tottenham, like many clubs, look to compete with the leading lights in the game – some of whom are almost nation state-owned – then they’ll be looking for ways in which they can raise revenues, bring resources into the club. But I don’t anticipate a change anytime soon.

“I certainly don’t see Daniel Levy wanting to relinquish control in the near future given how thoroughly involved in the operation he is at Tottenham, but also within Premier League and European circles.”

The Verdict: Tottenham must find investment

It will have surely been incredibly frustrating for Spurs fans to watch on over the last few months, as once again, they’ve failed to sufficiently back a manager in the transfer market, with their only two signings in January being loan deals for Arnaut Danjuma and Pedro Porro (who is set to join permanently), as the former is yet to start a league game for the club.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see Conte is appearing likely to walk away from the job at the end of the season whether they finish in the top four or not, as he’s previously stated that he wishes to be challenging for silverware.

If Spurs want to become serious players in the Premier League title race and challenge for domestic honours, they need more investment, and if ENIC are unwilling to take that step, letting somebody in who is more open to splashing the cash is perhaps the ideal way forward without the current owners having to relinquish control of the club.

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