Tottenham made a big offer for Southampton striker Danny Ings in the most recent summer transfer window, according to Football Insider.
Spurs’ pursuit of a new striker was well-documented throughout the window, and they eventually signed Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica with a view to a permanent move.
But it seems the Londoners looked a little closer to home before settling on Vinicius.
Football Insider claims Southampton turned down a ‘sizeable bid’ for Ings from Tottenham after an impressive 2019/20 campaign for the 28-year-old.
Ings scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season, so it is understandable why Jose Mourinho was keen to make the former Liverpool man Harry Kane’s new deputy.
But now it is believed Southampton are trying to tie Ings – who scored a brace in the Saints’ 5-2 defeat to Spurs last month – down to a new long-term contract on the south coast.
Tottenham won’t mind providing Vinicius is able to step in for Kane in the Europa League, and occasionally play with the England captain in the Premier League.
That said, Vinicius was hooked at half-time, perhaps unfairly, against Royal Antwerp on Thursday night – he could do with a goal to help him settle at his new club.