According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, new Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard was offered to Tottenham Hotspur this window before completing his loan move to the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta’s side confirmed on Wednesday that they had landed Odegaard on a temporary deal from Real Madrid until the end of the season.
The Norwegian has not quite lived up to the hype that surrounded him a few years ago but will be hoping to show his quality in the Premier League.
Spurs have no shortage of attacking midfielders in their squad, with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli all capable of playing as a number ten.
Some reports have indicated that Tottenham want to bring in a replacement for Dele Alli should the England international join Paris Saint-Germain on loan before the transfer window shuts.
Ornstein has now said Spurs were one of the clubs Odegaard was offered to before the Gunners moved for him..
The journalist said on The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast: “There were some other clubs who were offered him or were in talks with him (Odegaard), Real Sociedad again, Leicester I think might have been mentioned, Spurs and a couple of others, but Arsenal moved pretty decisively and it seems that Edu as technical director is doing a good job again so far.”
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I do not believe that we need another number ten even if Dele is to join PSG. A central midfielder to partner Hojbjerg and a dominant central defender should be Tottenham’s priorities but it seems unlikely that we are going to bring anyone in before the transfer window closes in a few days time.
With respect to Arsenal’s capture of Odegaard, there is no doubt that the Norwegian is hugely talented. However, I would have been more concerned had the Gunners signed him permanently. The 22-year-old is unlikely to have much of an impact on a six-month loan deal as it will take him a few months just to get adjusted to English football.
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