Tottenham failed with a £36 million deadline day move for Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports in Italy.
Diawara has been linked with Spurs in the past, although there wasn’t much talk of a potential deal this summer.
But according to Italian outlet Correire dello Sport (via TEAMtalk), Tottenham made a late offer of €40 million (£36m) for the 21-year-old.
The report claims new Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti blocked a deal from going through, suggesting Napoli might have accepted the bid had the former Chelsea boss not intervened.
It is also believed that Spurs may go in for Diawara again in January, but it’s unclear whether the Guinean would be interested in a move to England.
Mauricio Pochettino is certain to be keen on adding a new central midfielder to his squad with Mousa Dembele having entered the final year of his contract.
It was susprising to see Tottenham opt against pursuing a long-term replacement for Dembele over the summer.
The Londoners failed to make a single signing, which could increase their chances of bringing in a new recruit in January.