Club president admits that Spurs were keen on striker who decided on move elsewhere

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Dom Le Roy

Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur were very keen on signing Alexander Sørloth.

After joining Trabzonspor on loan from Crystal Palace last summer, Sørloth went on to score 33 goals in 49 games for the Turkish side in all competitions (transfermarkt).

Sørloth completed his move to RB Leipzig earlier this week after signing a five-year contract with the Bundesliga giants 

The 24-year-old was said to have made clear he wanted to join Leipzig, having been identified as the man to replace Timo Werner following the Germany international’s switch to Chelsea and decided against returning to Turkey after this month’s international break (Guardian).

Tottenham had been linked with a move for the Norwegian international to act as a potential back up to Harry Kane.

Agaoglu revealed that there was interest from Tottenham and Lyon in the forward only for the player to have already decided what was the best move for his career.

Agaoglu told Sporx: “Tottenham, Lyon and RB Leipzig were all interested in Sörloth.

“But the player himself stated from the beginning that he wanted to join Leipzig as he felt this would be a better choice for him.

“We had lots of pressure from Crystal Palace. When the first offer came in (€17m) they wanted to sell. But we showed resistance and in the end we got more money.”

 

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