For anyone writing transfer rumour stories ten years ago, the name of Philippe Mexes used to crop up with predictable regularity. At that stage in his career, the Frenchman was a precocious talent who was building a reputation at Auxerre as one of the most promising defenders around.
In 2004 however, as rumours began to link the player with many of Europe’s top clubs, he moved on to Roma but a combination of factors has meant that his career hasn’t exactly turned out as planned. Injury has played its part, amongst other things and 22 French international caps is a poor return for someone of his ability.
Mexes moved on to Milan in 2011 but hasn’t enjoyed a happy time there either. The player has started just 11 games for his new club this season and it is believed that he is prepared to move on after less than a year in the quest for regular football.
Tottenham’s name has been put at the top of some lists, largely because of their defensive needs but could Philippe Mexes provide an answer more than ten years after he was first linked with a move to White Hart Lane?