Over the past week, multiple reports from France have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur failed with an attempt to sign Lyon striker Moussa Dembele during the transfer window.

L’Equipe (as relayed by Sport Witness) suggested that Dembele was one of the names at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wish list as the club sought to sign a suitable back up to Harry Kane.

The report suggested that Tottenham eventually turned their attention to Carlos Vinicius after Lyon rejected their loan offer for Dembele.

GFFN went a step further and claimed that the 24-year-old striker came close to a move to Spurs in the final days of the transfer window but the deal was blocked in the end by Lyon boss, Rudi Garcia.

A new report in Le10Sport has now rubbished both of those claims by asserting that Tottenham never made a loan or a permanent offer to sign the Lyon man during the transfer window.

They suggest that, despite suggestions to the contrary by other publications, Lyon had no intention of letting Dembele leave, with the Ligue 1 club expecting the striker to play a leading role for them this season.

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