Tottenham had considered making a move to bring Kyle Walker-Peters back to the club before targeting Emerson Royal from Barcelona, according to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph.
Brazilian right-back Emerson was Spurs’ final addition to their squad this summer and was the club’s only fresh face on deadline day.
He joins a list of players including Cristian Romero, Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr, who all penned deals with Spurs over the course of the summer.
Right-sided full-backs have been a particular area of concern for director of football Fabio Paratici, who made it his aim to bring a fresh one in since arriving at the club last month.
Spurs eventually settled on Emerson, but The Telegraph report that the club were interested in making a move for former academy graduate Walker-Peters, who left the club for Southampton on a permanent deal in August of last year.
The England-U21 international spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at St Mary’s, before the Saints made the move permanent.
The report also adds that Spurs were not alone in their interest in Walker-Peters, with Everton said to have made an enquiry to sign 24-year-old before deadline day. Southampton, however, remained firm in their stance of not wanting to sell the defender.
Spurs Web Opinion
Walker-Peters has definitely improved his game since leaving Spurs last summer, and has flourished on the south coast under Ralph Hasenhuttl. A return to the club he came through the ranks at, though, could be a bit premature given he has only been a permanent Southampton player for one season.
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