Fabrizio Romano reveals what he knows about Lucas Moura deadline day rumours

Lucas Moura
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According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, both Newcastle United and Aston Villa wanted to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura on transfer deadline day.

The Brazilian joined Spurs back in January 2018 and has made 204 appearances in his time at the club. He has scored 38 goals and contributed 27 assists (Transfermarkt).

Moura had largely featured on the right-hand side of Spurs’ three-man attack, but has not played as often since the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski in January. Despite a reduction in game time, the 30-year-old was still considered a part of Antonio Conte’s plans.

That didn’t stop the rumour mill linking Moura with a move away from North London this summer though. Jorge Nicola revealed on Yahoo Sports Brazil that Spurs had rejected three offers for his services in the transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, Premier League club Aston Villa were looking at Moura this week and they faced competition from Newcastle United too (Football Insider).

Now, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the two English clubs did indeed hold an interest in Lucas Moura, and that both sides wanted to make a deal happen on transfer deadline day.

Romano tweeted: “Newcastle wanted Lucas Moura as they approached Tottenham during Deadline Day, same for Aston Villa. Spurs decided to keep the player, never been advanced.”

He added: “Lucas future remains open as he’s out of contract in June 2023 and there are chances for a free move.”

According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Spurs were never considering letting Moura leave this summer, even if they had managed to sign another attacker.

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Lucas Moura is one of those rare players that seems relatively happy to play second fiddle and offer his services from the bench. He knows he’s fallen down the pecking order this year, but he is loyal to Spurs and can still contribute as an impact substitute.

It remains to be seen whether he will clinch a new deal at the club though, and we could well see movement on this in January if Spurs do sign a new attacker and decide to cash in on Moura while they still can.

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