As well as the failure to sign Joao Moutinho from Porto, with a fee thought to be around £24 million, The Metro have revealed that Tottenham also failed to sign Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo.
The transfer offer was a club record fee of £20 million, however both the club and the player rejected the deal on deadline day due to the forward enjoying life in La Liga.
According to the Metro, Tottenham have identified Negredo as the best forward in Europe and tried to land the 27 year old, as well as putting in an offer for Lyon forward Bafetembi Gomis.
The striker has scored 40 goals in 64 appearances for the the Spanish club but pledged his future to the club by signing a four year contract at the club last summer.
‘A club from England went to £20 million on deadline day for Negredo,’ the chairman Jose Maria del Nido stated.
‘Negredo was not interested in the offer. That was not a day to do business.’
Tottenham looked to have resolved the striking situation by signing Clint Dempsey, however the club is expected to invest in the market again when the window opens in January.
As well as concluding a deal for Joao Moutinho, the club are looking in to the possibility of signing long-term targets Loic Remy, Fernando Llorente or Leandro Damiao.
All four players have been subject to bids by the North London club but with Llorente refusing to sign a new contract, Tottenham could wait until next summer to sign the player on a free, or in January when he would be sold for a rock-bottom price.
Leandro Damiao has also stated that he got offered a sizeable offered from abroad – yet again thought to be Tottenham.
With Spurs making £10 million profit from the transfer window, but reports suggesting that Villas-Boas was given a £50 million transfer budget as well as the money made from sales, Spurs could have a chest of £60 million to splurge in January with Moutinho, Damiao and possibly another striker being labelled as the main targets.