21-goal striker claims he wanted to join Spurs in January following approach

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Zenit forward Artem Dzyuba has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur attempted to bring him to North London in January.

Jose Mourinho’s side suffered a significant injury blow on New Year’s Day when Harry Kane had to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring (Daily Mail).

The Portuguese head coach admitted in January that he was keen to bring in a replacement to help fill the void left by Kane but was unable to land any of his targets (Daily Mail).

The 31-year-old admitted in an interview with Russian news outlet Championat that he was keen to make the switch to North London on a loan basis until the summer after believing it was a good opportunity to play with Kane sidelined.

Dzyuba claimed that the move was blocked by Zenit and has remained with the club since, where he has scored 21 goals in 37 appearances for the Russian outfit in all competitions this season (transfermarkt).

He told Championat: “In the winter I got a call from Tottenham,”

“There was a very tempting loan offer until the summer, for 3-4 months. It seemed attractive to me. Why not try it? Kane broke down and it really was a chance.

“I was culturally told that this is impossible. ‘Focus on Zenith,’ I heard.”

 

 

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