‘I saw Jose’- Striker hints he was open to Tottenham move

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Troy Deeney has hinted that Tottenham Hotspur were one of a few clubs who made an approach for him this summer and also spoke about his admiration for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham’s search for a back up to Harry Kane went on until the final week of the transfer window, with the club eventually snapping up Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica, with an option to make the deal permeant.

However, Deeney was rumoured to be another option that Tottenham were considering, with multiple reports over the past few months (The Athletic and Football Insider) claiming that the Watford man was on the North Londoners’ radar.

The striker ended up staying put at the Hornets but admitted that a number of offers came his way.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a backup.

“Obviously everyone wants to play a certain way but when you get into certain moments you need someone to hold it up or if you are losing a game go long.

“There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised, some things didn’t.

“The ones that were getting closer you start thinking, ‘are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player?’

“I’ve been at Watford ten years and then you start weighing the options of calling it a day. When you get into that mould of being a super-sub you can’t go back.”

The 32-year-old went on to hint that Spurs did show some interest and admitted that he would have liked to try his luck at the club.

When asked about the rumours linking him to Tottenham, Deeney said: “I saw Jose at the Watford vs Spurs game pre-season. That’s all I will say.

“When you get to Spurs you know the difference between the lesser clubs and the big boys. It’s a different experience.

“I think we all watched the Amazon thing, their training ground is ridiculous. Their stadium is ridiculous.

“You want to test yourself as well. I’m not going to go in there and say ‘I’m better than Harry Kane’.

“I know what I can do and what I can deliver and there’s not many people who can do what I can do.”

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Reading between the lines, it sounds as if we did show some interest and Deeney was keen to come but we decided not to follow through on interest and make an offer. I personally think Deeney would have been a very good option to call upon from the bench in matches where we were struggling to break the opposition down but in Carlos Vinicius, we seem to have got the target man who was reportedly Mourinho’s first choice.

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