According to Football Insider sources, there is movement already in the transfer window for Tottenham, as Wolves have submitted a bid for defender Matt Doherty.
The Lowdown: Lacking game time
Doherty has struggled for first-team minutes since joining Spurs in 2020, and this has particularly been an issue this season, as the right-back is yet to start a Premier League match.
Summer signing Emerson Royal has emerged as Antonio Conte’s first choice at right-wing-back, having replaced the unreliable Serge Aurier, who was released by the Lilywhites at the end of last season.
Whilst at Wolves, Doherty tied with Raul Jimenez for the club’s top goal-scorer in their impressive 2018/19 FA Cup run, proving his capabilities as an attacking outlet over a long period of time with 28 goals and 41 assists in an Old Gold shirt overall.
However, since arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the full-back is yet to register a goal in 39 appearances in a Spurs shirt.
The Latest: Wolves keen on re-signing Doherty
According to Football Insider, citing information from a ‘recruitment source’, the West Midlands outfit are keen on re-signing the defender in the January transfer window and have already submitted a bid.
The two clubs are now set to hold talks over a permanent deal, or a loan with an obligation to buy.
It is believed that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for the out-of-favour Doherty, as he has failed to secure his spot in the starting 11.
Wolves are seeking competition for Nelson Semedo, who they had signed as a direct replacement for the Republic of Ireland international.
The Verdict: A good move for Doherty
A return to the Molineux Stadium may revive Doherty’s career in the top-flight, as it was at Wolves where the Irishman played his finest football.
The right-back has more recently been lauded as ‘Ireland’s best player in most games’, so while he certainly hasn’t found form in north London, he hasn’t lost any of the ability that earned him his big move in the first place.
A permanent deal seems like a win for all parties, granting the player a chance to revitalise his career, Wolves added depth in an important position for Bruno Lage and Tottenham a fee which can be reinvested into Conte’s squad.
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