Journalist claims club regret rejecting Spurs’ offer for striker in January

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Vedat Muriqi
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Sabah journalist, Volkan Demir, revealed on A Spor (as translated by Sport Witness) that Fenerbahce president Ali Koc regrets rejecting Tottenham’s offer for Vedat Muriqi.

Tottenham were on the lookout for a striker during the January transfer window as Harry Kane faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury.

Muriqi was one of the names linked with a move to North London (Aksam) but Spurs ultimately ended their search for a striker empty-handed.

Recent reports from Turkey indicate that Fenerbahce have been forced to slash the asking price for the centre-forward due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Todofichajes via Sports Mole).

Demir has claimed that Spurs were willing to offer €20 million for the striker in January but Fenerbahce did not want to sell their star-striker in the middle of a title tilt.

He is quoted as saying: “Tottenham came for Muriqi in January. They were serious about signing him and offered €20m.

“But Fenerbahce president Ali Koc swiftly rejected the offer because they were competing for the title at that time and he thought selling his star players would be suicidal.

“Looking at the situation now, I think he regrets this decision now.”

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In hindsight, deciding not to desperately spend money on a striker during January seems to have worked out well for us. Not only would we have overpaid in January but a lot more forwards are going to become available in the summer with several clubs around Europe having to sell due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

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