Tottenham Hotspur were linked with many names in the summer, during a transfer window in which they failed to sign any new players.

Spurs became the first Premier League club since the introduction of the summer transfer window in 2003 to bring in no new faces.

It is always hard to judge which newspaper rumours are true and which are highly exaggerated, but it appears Spurs did have legitimate interest in one man in the summer.

The agent of Keita Balde has revealed that the player chose a loan move to Inter Milan in the summer despite interest from Tottenham and Napoli.

The midfield man has since scored four goals for the Italian side this season, but Spurs may have had the last laugh as they knocked Inter out of the Champions League.

It is likely the Italian outfit will take up their option to purchase the player come the end of his season-long loan.

Balde’s agent said (Standard): “Inter was immediately receptive once the possibility of closing the operation was understood.

“There were other interested teams. Since last January, Napoli had moved. We also received calls from Tottenham. But faced with the possibility of Inter, Keita had no doubts, he immediately made his wishes understood.”

“Inter will find a way to redeem the player. There is time until the end of May. €34million are needed, the total price is €40million. But it is a figure that falls within the parameters for a player of that age, with his numbers in terms of goals and assists. If he does what he has to do, there will be no doubt about his permanence at Inter.”


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