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Spurs failed with De Jong and Ndombele bids

4th April 2019, 10:02 by Simon Barlow

It has been revealed that Tottenham unsuccessfully tried to sign Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele and Ajax's Frenkie de Jong last summer.

New Barcelona signing De Jong, who will officially make his switch from Ajax on July 1 in a deal worth £65m, admits he was tempted to join Spurs last summer.

"I considered their [Tottenham] offer long and hard. I see Tottenham as a very stable club, and they are only getting better," he told FourFourTwo.

"They give young players a chance and I see Mauricio Pochettino as a manager who really improves young players. I like the kind of football they are playing. I think it would have suited my game."

But the 21-year-old midfielder eventually decided against a move to Tottenham out of loyalty to Ajax.

"The moment wasn't right," he added. "I wasn't finished at Ajax, as I hadn't yet played a full season in my own position.

"I was also injured in that period, so I was thinking, 'Not yet'. I felt I should stay for another year at Ajax, or perhaps longer."

De Jong was not the only young midfielder Spurs targeted last summer - when they were the only Premier League club not to make a signing in the transfer window.

Lyon's Ndombele was also on their list, but reports in France claim Lyon rejected a 40m euros offer from Spurs. The Picard Courier claim the offer was made at the end of last season and that Lyon have since rejected 50m euros offers for the 22-year-old.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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