As we all know, Spurs were one of the busiest clubs in this summer’s transfer window but on deadline day itself all was silent. There were no new arrivals while just two loan departures – Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – were confirmed.

We mostly felt that all transfers had been accomplished although there were isolated stories such as the Torres / Adebayor swap deal but as we move towards the next window, Argentine Nicolas Spolli claims that the club failed in a last ditch attempt to move him away from Serie A side Catania.

“I had told the president that I wanted to remain in Catania as soon as last season came to a close, before there was any talk of transfers,” Spolli said.

“When the interest from Tottenham came in, the club didn’t even need to ask me, because they knew what my intentions were. I am happy in Catania, it’s a wonderful city and when I have the time it’s incredible to enjoy both the sea and Etna.”

The sights and sounds of N17 just can’t compete with those of Sicily but did Spurs really need any reinforcements in the centre of defence where Spolli plays? At 30, he has been overlooked by the Argentinean national side so his pedigree also suggests that Spurs may have dodged an unnecessary bullet.




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