Report: Midfielder linked with Spurs admits multiple PL clubs wanted him in January

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Dom Le Roy

Emre Can has admitted that several Premier League clubs wanted to sign him in the January transfer window.

The defensive midfielder, who fell out of favour at Juventus, left Turin in January to join Borussia Dortmund on a six-month loan deal with an obligation to buy for around €25 million in the summer (

The Daily Mail reported in January that Can was offered to Spurs by the Italian giants while the Sun claimed that the Lilywhites were involved in a three-horse race with Manchester United and Arsenal for his signature.

However, it was Dortmund who ended up winning the race for the former Liverpool man.

The 26-year-old has made a solid start at Dortmund on his return to Bundesliga but admitted that he had to reject several advances from Premier League clubs in order to seal his move back to Germany.

Speaking to Kicker, Can said: “I had three Premier League offers alone, including one from Manchester United, but I didn’t think about that for a second because of my Liverpool past.”

The German international also insisted that he saw Dortmund as a great fit form him.

He added: “I have always had an extreme sympathy for BVB. I wanted to go to a club for which I can be important, where I am needed.

“That is the case in Dortmund. Borussia is a good fit for me – and vice versa.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I wasn’t particularly disappointed to see us miss out on Can in January as I don’t think a midfielder was top of our list of priorities. However, with Victor Wanyama now being allowed to leave the club and Eric Dier making it clear that he wants to play as a central defender, I fully expect the club to buy a midfield anchor in the summer.

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