Foot Mercato have revealed that Lucas Moura came ‘close’ to completing a move to Qatari club Al Sadd late in the transfer window.

Moura completed his long-awaited return from his injury a little over a week ago as he featured for Tottenham’s Under-21s in their 2-1 win over Arsenal, with the 30-year-old getting on the scoresheet in the first half.

Lucas Moura

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Alasdair Gold suggested on the same day that the winger was open to leaving Spurs before the transfer deadline and suggested that his appearance for the Under-21s may have been to convince interested clubs of his fitness.

The Sun claimed on Monday that Southampton, Crystal Palace and Everton were all eyeing a late deal for the Brazilian, with Spurs willing to cash in on the player in order to avoid losing him for free in the summer.

However, none of those transfers materialised in the end, with Moura staying put at the North London club.

Foot Mercato have now reported that it was actually Al Saad who came the closest to snapping up the former Paris Saint-Germain last month.

The publication explains that Tottenham were willing to sell Moura for a fee of around €5m (£4.4m) but ultimately, the winger refused to join the Qatari club.

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A move to Qatar would have likely handed Moura one final big payday but at 30 years of age, the winger perhaps feels that he still has a couple of years left in him at the top level. There is no doubt that plenty of European clubs will be after his signature in the summer, given that he would be available for free.

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