Luton Town are interested in signing Cameron Carter-Vickers on a permanent deal, but Football Insider say the Tottenham defender may be too expensive for the ‘cash-strapped’ Hatters. Carter-Vickers is available for sale as he’s surplus to requirements, but the 22-year-old’s asking price and wage demands could be a stumbling block.
How much is Daniel Levy requesting?
Carter-Vickers has a £2.5m asking price which has fallen from £4m in January. Considering his last appearance in a Tottenham shirt came all the way back in 2017 and he’s out of contract in 2021, it’s certainly bold from Levy to request so much.
Luton may struggle with Carter-Vickers’ wages too, as the centre-back earns £20k-per-week/£1.04m-a-year. As per Transfermarkt, Town tend to offer their players three-year deals as a default, so Carter-Vickers’ salary could end up costing them more than £3m.
Add his £2.5m transfer fee to that figure and the Hatters would eventually spend a club-record amount (£5.5m) on a centre-back that we’ve ignored for three years. They’d have to shell out nearly four times what they paid for Simon Sluga (£1.53m from HNK Rijeka) last summer.
Luton players had to defer their wages to ensure the club didn’t go broke due to Covid-19, so it’s hard to see them matching the asking price.
A move away suits all parties
With Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez for competition, Carter-Vickers doesn’t stand a chance of getting playing time next season. He’s out of contract next year too, so we risk losing him for nothing if we can’t find a buyer this summer. Luton not having the money to match our demands is a problem, so we may need to meet in the middle to get a deal done.
Carter-Vickers has spent the last three years out on loan – Sheffield United (August 25, 2017 – January 15, 2018), Ipswich Town (January 19, 2018 – May 31, 2018), Swansea City (August 25, 2018 – May 31, 2019), Stoke City (August 8, 2019 – January 2, 2020), Luton Town (January 30, 2020 – July 31, 2020) – and needs regular football, so he’ll be keen to move on from Tottenham.
We’ve suffered a revenue dip due to the pandemic, so we’ll need to generate funds through player sales. And Luton want to sign the centre-back permanently after his loan spell last season, so there shouldn’t be any obstacles in getting this over the line.