Tottenham were reportedly in the mix to sign Wesley Fofana this summer, before Leicester and Brendan Rodgers jumped the queue to land the defender.
Fofana has been one of the standout Premier League defenders this season after his arrival in the summer. Leicester paid around £36m for him at the time, but he is already proving quite the bargain.
However, in a kick to the gut for Tottenham fans, a report from ESPN has revealed that Jose Mourinho was in the race for Fofana before seeing Rodgers land him.
It is claimed the Foxes had ‘connections’ in France that helped get the deal over the line and, ultimately, fend off interest from Spurs and Mourinho.
Given Fofana’s form and Spurs’ apparent hunt for a new defender, this could well leave a sour taste in the mouth down in north London.
Fofana partnered Arsenal’s William Saliba while at St Etienne. However, the Gunners man has since moved back to France, after failing to follow the same path as Fofana into Premier League football.
TBR View: A real shame, Spurs must be kicking themselves here
Given most weeks see a new defender mentioned when it comes to Spurs, it’s a huge shame that they missed out on Fofana when you look back.
Of course, their loss is Leicester’s gain and Fofana is well on his way to becoming a world-class defender. Troy Deeney has compared his impact to that of Virgil van Dijk, while Brendan Rodgers has described his man as ‘absolutely colossal’.
And in fairness, both statements are hard to argue with.