Defender’s dad reveals why Spurs failed to complete deal despite talks with Mourinho

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Dom Le Roy

Timothy’s Castagne’s father has revealed that there was truth to reports of Tottenham’s interest in the defender, with his son even holding a video conference with Jose Mourinho ahead of a potential transfer.

The 24-year-old sealed a move to Leicester City earlier this week, with the deal reported to be worth around £21.5 million.

Castagne was heavily linked with a move to Spurs for the past few months (ESPN), with the full-back even admitting that he would find it difficult to turn down a move to the North Londoners (La Derniere Heure in Belgium via TEAMtalk).

Spurs secured the services of Matt Doherty from Wolves last week but Castagne’s father, Pierre, has now revealed that the Belgian international held discussions with Jose Mourinho before completing a move to the King Power Stadium.

He even asserted that the Lilywhites could have swooped for his son had they managed to secure the funds for the deal by selling Serge Aurier.

As quoted by The Sun, Pierre Castagne said: “He (Timothy) conducted a video conference with Jose Mourinho but Tottenham had to sell Serge Aurier first.

“With a little more money, they could have made an offer like Leicester.”

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It is impossible to know if Castagne was our first-choice option and whether we went for Doherty since he was available for a lower fee. However, based on reports, it sounds like Doherty was the man that Mourinho was pushing for while Levy liked Castagne as an option, which was probably due to his age and potential resale value. Overall, I believe we certainly got the better deal as Doherty will hit the ground running due to his Premier League experience and is a better fit for the system Mourinho wants to play.

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