Tottenham have reportedly turned down the chance to take Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea after being told they would have to pay significantly more than the likes of West Ham.
The Daily Mirror say Chelsea demanded an £8m loan fee for Batshuayi from Spurs, having agreed in principle to loan him to West Ham or Real Betis for £2m.
The Blues would reportedly rather sell Batshuayi to Everton, who cannot take another Chelsea player on loan because they already have Kurt Zouma.
And Tottenham are believed to have been asked if they would be interested in Batshuayi, but they declined after discovering the cost involved.
Chelsea are also said to be reluctant to give their player to their fierce rivals – and a competitor in the battle for a Champions League spot.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, former Tottenham and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp suggested taking Batshuayi on loan would be a “no brainer” despite his previous struggles.
“I think they need to bring in a striker,” Redknapp said.
“When I think of the great Everton sides they’ve always had a great centre-forward, someone that could lead the line.
“Is Michy Batshuayi the answer? Everyone is trying to unearth this talent that he’s got. He seems to go from one place to another and he’s been sent back from Valencia where he’s been on loan. It didn’t really work out for him there.
“Batshuayi on a loan would be a no brainer. I really think it’s worth getting him in and seeing whether you can get something out of him.”