26 Jul 2017

EPL spending unsustainable according to Spurs boss

11:46 am on 26 July 2017

The spending by English Premier League football clubs in the current transfer window is unsustainable according to Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

White Hart Lane sign outside Tottenham Hotspurs ground.

White Hart Lane sign outside Tottenham Hotspurs ground. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

English top-flight teams have splashed out 1.5 billion dollars since the end of last season but Spurs, runners-up to Chelsea in May, have not yet added to their squad.

"Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable," Levy said.

"We have a duty to manage the club appropriately. Somebody spending 350 million dollars more than they're earning, eventually it catches up with you."

Spurs, who sold England right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for 79 million dollars this month, are building a new 61,000-seater stadium, which is scheduled to open next year.

Tottenham Hotspurs players celebrate a goal.

Tottenham Hotspurs players celebrate a goal. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it (the stadium) is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy," Levy said.

"Our position on transfers is that we have a coach who very much believes in the academy, so unless we can find a player that makes a difference we would rather give one of our young academy players a chance."

Tottenham are putting faith in their youth set-up.

"An academy player has that affinity with the club and that's what the fans want to see," Levy said.

Accountancy firm Deloitte said Premier League sides are on course to surpass the record 2 billion dollars they spent last summer.