Krzysztof Piatek has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur wanted to sign him on a temporary loan deal from AC Milan last season to replace the injured Harry Kane.
Kane picked up a hamstring injury in January of last year that put him out of action for several months, with the striker not featuring in a competitive game until the league restarted after the lockdown.
Piatek was heavily linked with a move to the North Londoners at the time but the Polish international ended up completing a move to Hertha Berlin instead.
Spurs instead snapped up Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven and Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica that window.
Piatek has now admitted that Tottenham’s interest in him was concrete, with the club submitting an 18-month loan offer to Milan.
However, the striker admitted that he was convinced by Hertha Berlin’s proposal since their offer was concrete and the Bundesliga club were willing to offer him a longer-term contract.
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“That was when Harry Kane was injured and I was supposed to replace him for the first three months. However, Hertha were more specific.
“They immediately spent a lot of money, offered a definitive transfer and a 4.5-year contract.
“Everything was in order. Their determination was enormous, it convinced me.”
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The fact that Spurs only wanted Piatek on loan suggests that neither Mourinho nor the club’s hierarchy were completely convinced by the Polish striker.
His relatively modest goal-scoring record at Hertha Berlin suggests that Tottenham were right to be sceptical of the 25-year-old’s quality.