Moussa Dembele’s camp are keeping tight-lipped on speculation linking the Spurs midfielder with a move to Sunderland.
Rumours have circulated for several weeks crediting Sunderland with an interest in Dembele, as the Black Cats look to boost their ranks with a new attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window.
A midfield creator has been one area Congerton has been looking to address.
However, Demeble’s representatives are refusing to comment on the talk, with fresh reports today that the Belgian international is likely to stay at White Hart Lane this summer anyway.
Dembele has another two years to run on his Spurs contract and has spoken with boss Mauricio Pochettino about his place in his plans during pre-season.
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, along with sporting director Lee Congerton, are holding discussions with chairman Ellis Short today over the extent of the Black Cats’ budget for the remainder of the transfer window.
But a midfield creator has been one area which Advocaat and Congerton have been looking to address after seeing a bid rejected for Stewart Downing, prior to the England international setting his heart on a return to boyhood club Middlesbrough.
While Sunderland have already splashed out more than £15million to make four new signings this summer, three of those have been on bolstering the defence.
Dutch international Jeremain Lens – an £8million capture from Dynamo Kiev – has been the only attacking addition to a side which boasted the second worst goals return in the Premier League last season.
Dembele faced a fight for his place at Spurs last season under Pochettino, but still managed 40 appearances for the White Hart Lane club as they fought on a both domestic and European front.
However, for all his attacking ability, thepowerful 28-year-old scored just one goal.
Dembele joined Spurs in 2013 from Fulham after they activated a $15million release clause in his contract.
Sunderland have already raided Tottenham this summer to sign their former skipper Younes Kaboul for £3million.