Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur made an offer for him in the January transfer window (via Ricky Sacks).
However, he has suggested that the Russian outfit rebuffed Spurs’ approach for him, although he does think that if the north London outfit had really wanted to secure his services they would have tried harder to get something done.
Dzyuba told Russia 24 (via Daily Mail): “When Harry Kane at Tottenham broke down, people contacted me. From Jose Mourinho, as I understand it. But it was the New Year holidays, so Zenit said no. And that’s all.
“If Tottenham really wanted me, then I think they would be more insistent. That said, the interest was really there.”
The 31-year-old also confirmed that there was interest in him from Everton back in 2019; however, he rejected the chance to join the Toffees as he wished to stay at Zenit and help them win the title.
Dzyuba made a name for himself at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he scored three goals in five appearances, including one against Spain in the last 16 (Transfermarkt). He has been in great form for Zenit of late, scoring 11 goals and providing nine assists in just 19 league appearances (Transfermarkt).
Where should Jose Mourinho strengthen?
Plenty of Spurs fans have been reacting to the Russian’s admission that they were interested in signing him in January, with some suggesting that he would have been a good addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad. Here is what some had to say about it on Twitter…
Then my dream would have came true.
— piRah dE (@PirahDe) February 11, 2020
Tbf he would of been decent
— DAVINSON SÁNCHEZ (@the____creator) February 11, 2020
Thought he looked good at the World Cup and has many years UCL experience too
— gareth steen (@gareth_steen) February 11, 2020
Oh he’s a baller, get him
— Joseph Leichweiser (@sevenyzee) February 11, 2020
I’d be interested to know how much under the asking price levy offered
— Steven brown (@Stevenibrown82) February 11, 2020
Considering the strikers we were linked to I think it is clear the type of striker Jose wants in the squad.
— Stu (@SAnderson78uk) February 11, 2020
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