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Report: Matt Doherty Offered As Makeweight In Spurs Transfer Deal

Report: Matt Doherty Offered As Makeweight In Spurs Transfer Deal
By Gary Connaughton

Matt Doherty has not thrived at Spurs in the way many would have hoped.

Having initially been used as the first choice right back under Jose Mourinho after his arrival in the summer of 2020, he has largely been held in reserve after the first half of his debut campaign.

Some felt the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo could revive his career in North London, although his former Wolves boss did not bring him back into the team. Opportunities under Antonio Conte have been limited up to this point, with the Irishman substituted at halftime in last night's Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.

As a result, there have been suggestions that the 29-year old could be on his way out of Spurs this month. One potential destination has now emerged.

The Athletic are reporting that Matt Doherty could be used as a makeweight in a potential deal for Adama Traore, with Spurs offering the defender as part of the deal for the Spain international.

It is suggested that Traore would be used in the wingback role that Doherty is currently competing for at the club, opening up the opportunity for his return to Molineux.

Spurs were keen on a deal for the Spaniard last month, although Wolves' £40million asking price proved to be a stumbling block. It is believed that an offer in the region of £20million would now be considered, with the player having only 18 months remaining on his contract.

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As for Doherty, a return to Wolves could appeal to him. At 29-years old, he may want to play as much football as possible while still in his prime. Re-signing for the club that helped him play the best football of his career may be a wise decision.

However, he would face competition from the likes of Nelson Semedo were he to move to the club, with the Portugal international brought in as his initial replacement last year.

If Doherty is to move, he needs to be assured of regular playing time. If not, he may be as well off to bide his time and receive some top class coaching from Antonio Conte in the coming months.

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