Zenit striker Sardar Azmoun has claimed Tottenham made an offer for him in the summer transfer window.
Azmoun scored 19 goals in the Russian top-flight last season and has found the net 58 times in 90 appearances across all competitions since joining Zenit in early 2019.
He has brought that form into the current campaign, bagging six goals in seven league outings so far.
The 26-year-old Iran international has just one year left on his contract, so it’s likely he attracted plenty of interest over the summer.
And in quotes published by Calcio Mercato, Azmoun revealed Spurs were among the clubs keen to sign him.
“I have a contract. Even if I wanted to leave Zenit, the club can stop me and there is nothing I can do,” Azmoun said.
“I have had offers from Tottenham, Lyon, [Bayern] Leverkusen and Roma and they refused them. If I go away, I will do it this summer as a free agent.”
Spurs ended up failing to sign a centre forward to provide cover and competition for Harry Kane, something they have found difficult every summer for the last few years.
Keeping the England captain at the club was obviously the priority this time around, but it’s a shame the Londoners didn’t manage to bring in somebody like Azmoun as Kane’s deputy.
Perhaps Tottenham will reignite their interest in January when Azmoun will have just six months left on his Zenit contract, or next summer when he is a free agent.