After what has been an extremely quiet transfer window, in terms of activity, for Tottenham Hotspur this summer, it seems securing targets hasn’t been easy for Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy. Despite interest from the club in Porto forward Moussa Marega, Lazy Fan Sports can exclusively reveal that the player will not be joining the North London club this summer. The club is seeking alternative backups to their star striker Harry Kane, with flops Llorente and Janssen not favoured by Pochettino to serve as the replacement for his number ten.
With many of the Tottenham players missing pre-season due to their participation in the World Cup and rumours of exits to come before the window shuts, it was thought this summer would see new arrivals to strengthen the squad as Tottenham embark on a new era in their new stadium, which they are due to start playing in from September this season.
However, securing a signing is something the club is yet to do and isn’t made any easier by their strong starting eleven, with many players not wanting to join to be a so-called ‘squad player’. This seems to be the case in the situation with Marega, who isn’t keen on being in reserve to World Cup golden boot winner, Harry Kane.
Lazy Fan Sports understands that Tottenham had approached Porto to discuss the future of Marega, who scored 22 goals in 29 appearances helping his side to secure their 28th Primeira Liga title, but was told by the Portuguese champions that their player is not for sale.
There had been rumoured interest during the winter transfer window between both parties, but no deal was ever secured with Tottenham not happy with Porto’s valuation of Marega. It seems that although Porto has announced their player is not for sale, for the right price their mind may be swayed.
A number of other premier leagues are also interested in the Malian forward, including West Ham and Brighton, but should they be more successful than Tottenham in luring him away from Porto, it’s certain that regular first-team football must be on the cards.
The wait for Spurs fans to see a new signing join the club continues as we approach the final week of the transfer window, as Pochettino announced in the last few days that despite work being done behind the scenes to ensure the squad is strengthened, he is frustrated with their lack of activity.