Tottenham have failed in an attempt to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to reports in the Netherlands.
Van de Beek, who has been linked with Spurs in the past, scored against the Londoners in the Champions League semi-final first leg back in April and played an instrumental role as Ajax defied all expectations in Europe before succumbing to Lucas Moura’s extraordinary hat-trick.
Ajax lost Matthijs de Ligt and Donny van de Beek to Juventus and Barcelona respectively in the summer, but the Eredivisie champions managed to hold onto the rest of their star players including Van de Beek and Hakim Ziyech.
However, it is believed Van de Beek continues to attract plenty of interest. Dutch outlet De Telegraaf (as relayed by Sport Witness) claims Tottenham have made an approach for the 22-year-old, but their attempt proved to be in vain.
The report suggests Van de Beek made it clear he only wants to join Real Madrid. The La Liga giants are apparently willing to pay €55 million (£46.5m) for the Holland international – Spurs could probably afford that at a stretch, but it seems Van de Beek has no interest in joining.
It remains unclear whether Jose Mourinho will be given funds to spend in the January transfer window, but it appears Van de Beek is no longer a target.