Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba has been quoted by Russian outlet Sport Express as saying that Tottenham Hotspur made an offer for his services in the January window – and Spurs fans have reacted on Twitter.
Dzyuba, 31, is in stunning form for Zenit this season – scoring 13 goals in 26 games, two of which have come in the Champions league. Dzyuba has laid on 11 assists, proving just how effective he is in front of goal and bringing his teammates into play, too.
However, the former Spartak Moscow target man is out of contract at the end of the season. Spurs were desperate to sign a striker last month to cover the loss of Harry Kane, who is recovering from a torn hamstring.
Despite offers for Olivier Giroud from Chelsea, Islam Slimani from Leicester and even new Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo, Spurs failed to sign a striker. Now, Dzyuba can be added to that list, confirming Spurs made an offer.
“When Kane got injured, people contacted me about a move to Spurs,” Dzyuba said. “Zenit refused the offer. I had conversations. If Tottenham really wanted to sign me, then they would be more insistent. There was interest, but that’s all.”
Dzyuba could remain an option in the summer and he certainly represents the kind of striker that Jose Mourinho normally goes after – a strong, physical forward who can hold the ball up. Certainly, he remains out of contract after June.
Spurs can land Dzyuba now on a pre-contract basis and get him for nothing in the summer. Spurs fans have reacted to Dzyuba’s comments, with some fans open to the powerful striker moving to north London.
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
Then my dream would have came true.
— piRah dE (@PirahDe) February 11, 2020
I’d be interested to know how much under the asking price levy offered
— Steven brown (@Stevenibrown82) February 11, 2020
From Dybala to Dzyuba
— Jed (@jedthfc_) February 11, 2020