Tottenham made a deadline day move for Southend United striker Charlie Kelman but the offer was rejected, according to Echosport.
The 18-year-old has scored seven goals in 23 appearances for Southend, breaking into the first-team as a regular under Shrimpers manager and former Spurs defender Sol Campbell. He was on the scoresheet as Southend beat Lincoln City in League One on Saturday.
Echosport – the sport team from the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo – claims Southend turned down six-figure bids for Kelman from Tottenham and Sunderland on the final day of the January transfer window.
Spurs were linked with a number of strikers throughout last month with Harry Kane ruled out until April because of a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. Daniel Levy was unable to bring in a new centre-forward for Jose Mourinho, who instead threw January arrival Steven Bergwijn straight into the action against Manchester City on Sunday.
The decision paid off with Bergwijn scoring on his debut, but Tottenham may yet come to rue the absence of a striker in the squad between now and the end of the season.
Kelman likely would have gone into the development squad, so missing out on the teenager probably isn’t seen as a big issue. It will be interesting to see if Spurs go back in for him in the summer.