Summer transfer target is removed from Tottenham’s shopping list

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Dom Le Roy

New Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has ended Tottenham’s pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes by revealing that the club will not try to sign him.

Spurs were linked heavily with Fernandes in the summer and Sporting later revealed that they rejected a bid from the North London club for the 25-year-old (Sporting Lisbon official website).

The Portuguese international has continued his fine form this season and Spurs were reported to be keen on returning for him in January with The Mirror even claiming a few days ago that he had been shortlisted by Mourinho as a key target until he signed a new contract.

However, the 56-year-old has now put an end to the speculation by insisting that Fernades is not one of the players the club are looking to bring in.

He claimed that Spurs do not plan on spending big on established stars such as the the 25-year-old.

Speaking to Sport TV (as quoted by the Daily Mail), the Tottenham head coach said: “We are a different club at this level.

“We are not a club that is going to make big transfers in the market, nor is it going towards players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, also economically.

“I would definitely say no because Bruno (Fernandes) is a player of a level and value that is not for us.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The new contract that Fernandes signed recently probably puts him out of our price range. The admission by Mourinho that the club are not likely to go for developed players is certainly interesting. It suggests that he is on board with the club’s policy of buying young talent with potential despite his track record showing that he prefers established and expereinced players.

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