Spurs turned down cut-price wonderkids before Dortmund pounced

Spurs turned down cut-price wonderkids before Dortmund pounced

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Many have criticised Tottenham’s uneven recruitment policy over the last few years. For every Dele Alli there has been a Moussa Sissoko, and the appointment of recruitment “expert” Paul Mitchell didn’t bring the success it was expected to.

Mitchell has since been put on gardening leave by the club, while Steve Hitchen is now Chief Scout. This is almost definitely a good thing if the latest rumour is to be believed.

Reliable journalist Greg Stobart has revealed Spurs turned down moves for Ousmane Dembele and Alexader Isak, both now of Borussia Dortmund, who they could have signed for considerably less than their eventual fees.

Dembele has been a huge success in Germany since joining Dortmund last summer. It is believed Tottenham could have signed the winger for £1.5 million; he eventually joined Dortmund for £12.6 million.

The Bundesliga side payed £8 million for 17-year-old Isak in January, and it’s likely Spurs could have bought him for a lot less in the months prior.

Stobart claims Hitchen is now “calling the shots” when it comes to recruitment, so Tottenham fans will be hoping more promising youngsters will arrive sooner in the future.

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