Tottenham were being linked with a move for Colombian defensive midfielder, Wilmar Barrios, two years ago. Barrios shone for his nation during the 2018 World Cup campaign.

Spurs were said to be lining up a £25 million bid to sign the midfielder from Boca (Sport Witness), with the Colombian journalist Luis Fregossi even claiming at one point that the deal to take him to North London had been agreed.

Barios was once again linked with a move to Tottenham in the subsequent January transfer window (Daily Star) but it never materialised and he ended up joining Zenit Saint Petersburg that same month.

It is fair to say that the 26-year-old’s stock has fallen considerably since then, but he has now opened up on how close he came to moving to Tottenham and Everton.

Barrios indicated he came much closer to joining the Toffees last year than he came to moving to North London.

Speaking to ESPN the Zenit star said: “The idea was Everton, there had been talk (regarding a move to the Toffees).

“The Tottenham thing, there was talk about the possibility of them selling one of the ones that were there.

“At Everton, they had to sell (Gueye). He was going to go to PSG, and in the end, he left. I kept calm at that time, until the last day of the European market.”

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I was never convinced that Barios was going to be good enough for us. He reminded me of Sandro in many respects. While he had the physicality, tenacity, and stamina for the English game, he was lacking considerably in his technical quality on the ball.

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