Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Wolves’ Matt Doherty on a four-year deal.
The Ireland international becomes Spurs’ third signing of the summer window after the club brought in Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and free agent Joe Hart earlier this month.
Doherty emerged as a surprise target for Jose Mourinho a couple of weeks ago and is an experienced Premier League player who has played a big part in Wolves’ rise over recent years. Since making his debut in 2010, the Irish right-back has made over 300 appearances for the club.
The Irishman recently changed representation to super-agent Jorge Mendes, a close associate of Mourinho who is influential in the running of Wolves. And with links regarding the 28-year-old’s move to north London only surfacing recently, it appears Spurs have gone about this purchase with impressive efficiency.
Wolves were initially holding out for a fee in the £20m for Doherty, but Daniel Levy looks to have negotiated his final price down to around the £15m mark – with £12m being stumped up immediately.
The Ireland international has proved a hit in the Premier League following Wolves’ promotion in 2018. Deployed as an aggressive right wing-back under Nuno Espirito Santo, Doherty has made 19 goal contributions in 74 top-flight appearances.
His impressive work down the right flank has helped his side back-to-back seventh-place finishes and a Europa League quarter-final.
But a new challenge awaits for the Irishman in north London, with his arrival likely putting the wheels in motion for the exit of Serge Aurier. The likes of Milan, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen have been linked with a move for the Ivorian and his departure now seems imminent.
As for Wolves, they’ve lined up Arsenal wantaway Ainsley Maitland-Niles as their priority target to replace Doherty. Although their opening bid of £15m was knocked back by the Gunners, they’re expected to return with an improved offer.