Swansea boss demands context with call for steep new fee for Spurs target

Date published: Thursday 15th October 2020 4:17 - Jonny Whitfield

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Swansea head coach Steve Cooper believes his club must look to Everton’s £26million acquisition of Ben Godfrey as context for Tottenham target Joe Rodon’s valuation.

Wales centre-back Rodon is a firm target for Spurs ahead of Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.

Tottenham are reportedly willing to offer around £15million amid the prospect of a player-plus-cash offer. Swansea, though, could demand nearer to £20million.

However Cooper feels Godfrey’s move to Goodison Park from Norwich should serve as a reminder about Rodon’s value.

“What I would say about Joe or any other of our assets – and Joe is right up there as one of our biggest – it’s really important that if we do end up having to sell then we get something to show for it,” Cooper told a press conference.

“We shouldn’t be selling on the cheap. The precedent has been set this year.”

Referring to Englishman Godfrey, who could yet enter Gareth Southgate‘s thinking, Cooper said: “The player is not a full international. Joe is and you have seen how well he played for Wales.



“If that’s what the going rate is and that’s the numbers getting bandied around, whether I agree or not, that’s what it is.

“If we do lose an asset then our supporters will want to see some reinvestment and some good players coming in.”

Rodon, 22, has four caps for his country and has made 54 appearances for his hometown club.

He has played all four of his side’s Championship games this season but has missed swathes of the previous two campaigns with ankle and foot problems.

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Cooper chats Harry Wilson admiration

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Elsewhere in his press conference, Cooper also revealed he is a keen follower of Liverpool winger Harry Wilson.

The 23-year-old is free to leave but Liverpool’s loan demands could scupper the chances of a deal.

“I do like Harry a lot,” Cooper said. “It’s really good when you have worked with players through their development.

“The first time I tried to sign Harry was when he was under eight. I tried to get him at Wrexham but he had signed for Liverpool.

“I know Harry well, and his family, through his time at Liverpool and also where he grew up. It’s not a million miles apart from where my family home is.

“I always follow the players I have worked with, stay in contact and let them know I am there if they need a bit of advice.

“Harry has had some good Championship experience and shown he is more than capable of excelling at that level.

“In the Premier League last year I think he scored seven goals, which is a good number in a team (Bournemouth) that got relegated.”

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