Tottenham chief Daniel Levy suffers another blow as club expect target ‘to stay’

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is currently searching for a new manager, though he is keeping tabs on the transfer market in hope of landing several bargains.

Tottenham have been handed a hammer blow in their pursuit of winger Manor Solomon, with the versatile playmaker expected to remain with Fulham next season. The Israeli international is able to leave Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer this summer, catching the attention of numerous top clubs across Europe.

Solomon impressed at Craven Cottage this season, scoring four in 24 appearances at the club whilst being used as an impact sub. The forward joined Marco Silva’s side on a one-year deal, and he is expected to be on the move again over the coming months.

Tottenham have recently been linked with Solomon and are keen to acquire his services, with the club taking the decision not to sign Arnaut Danjuma permanently and allowing him to return to Villarreal after his short-term loan deal.

However, Spurs may be forced to amend their plans, with journalist Neil Jones revealing that Fulham expects the forward to remain with the club. He told Football FanCast: “The interest in Manor Solomon is interesting.

“I know that Fulham anticipate him staying and have been hopeful that they would be able to extend his time at Craven Cottage. It’s obviously quite complicated because of the manner of this transfer and how he ended up signing for Fulham in the first place.”

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, FIFA have ruled that some Shakhtar stars can leave the club on free transfers this summer – which angered club chief Sergei Palkin because of the talent his side are set to lose, and the financial implications of that.

He explained: “The over-reaching measures applied by Fifa led to massive loss of player transfer income and a depletion of essential Club revenues. We believe the extension of Annex 7 continues to place clubs like FC Shakhtar in Ukraine in a seriously disadvantaged position with zero protection and threatens our very existence.”

It remains to be seen whether Spurs are willing to go toe to toe with Fulham and offer a more lucrative deal in north London to capture his attention or they would rather turn their attention to alternatives. Daniel Levy is still yet to appoint a new manager for the club which is certainly affecting the transfer business that his side can complete, with a fresh face in the dugout likely to have their own opinion on Solomon and alternative targets. Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou is currently the likeliest contender to succeed Antonio Conte permanently at Tottenham.