Swedish striker claims that he turned down Tottenham this summer

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham became the first club in Premier League history not to make a single signing this summer, as Pochettino and Daniel Levy favoured a more settled squad.

Spurs failed with a last minute bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but managed to hold onto their first team stars like Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose.

The North London club were linked with another player in the summer though, a Swedish U21 sensational, Joel Asoro.

The Swansea striker was said to be a target for Tottenham, until they decided to pull the plug over wage demands, however, Asoro’s latest comments imply that it was his own decision.

He said: “We sat talking to Tottenham and they said they could not promise anything about playing time. Then I felt I could not make that choice.

“It does not hurt to have higher pay, but I thought more about playing.

“If I want to compete seriously while playing with the U21 national team, I need to play in my club team as well.

The 19-year-old striker instead signed a brand new four year deal to remain with Swansea City, despite their relegation to the Championship.

“I have started in three out of five matches and I have an assist,” he said. “The move feels very positive. I am glad to have a Swedish coach [Graham Potter], which makes things easier.”

Tottenham will surely keep their eye on the teenager as he will presumably be granted will more and more playing time in the lower league.

Could the Swedish forward be one for the future?

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