Report: Pochettino tried to bring midifelder to Tottenham ‘several times’

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Mauricio Pochettino
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According to the print edition of L’Equipe (as relayed by Sport Witness), Mauricio Pochettino tried to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to Tottenham Hotspur multiple times during his North London stint.

Wijnaldum signed for Liverpool after Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League in 2016, the same summer in which Spurs paid £30m to snap up Moussa Sissoko from the Magpies.

The Netherlands international had a successful five-year spell at Anfield, lifting both the Champions League and the Premier League title.

After the midfielder’s contract ran out at the end of last season, he completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

However, things have not always gone according to plan in the French capital for the 30-year-old so far as he has struggled to force himself into Pochettino’s starting eleven.

Wijnaldum put in a top performance for PSG on Wednesday, netting a brace in their 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Leipzig, and he will be hoping the performance will help turn his fortunes around in Paris.

While covering the former Liverpool man’s situation at PSG, L’Equipe explained that the midfielder is rated very highly by Pochettino, who tried to take him to Spurs in the past.

In fact, the report asserts that the Argentine tried ‘several times’ to bring Wijnaldum to North London but Tottenham were unable to get a deal for him over the line.

Spurs Web Opinion

I am not surprised that Pochettino tried to sign Wijnaldum as the Dutchman is the sort of player that the Argentine likes to work with and improve.

While it is unclear when we tried to sign him, we could have certainly done with the 30-year-old around the time we sold Mousa Dembele.

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