Tottenham round-up: Striker deal finalised; Barkley drama unravels; Brighton fail in late Janssen pursuit
Don’t worry, it wasn’t a dream.
As the dust of a frantic deadline day begins to settle, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will be reflecting on an excellent final day of business that saw Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente sign.
And it’s the arrival of the Swansea City striker that really hit the headlines on Thursday, with Tottenham beating arch-rivals Chelsea to secure the 32-year-old for a believed fee of £14 million.
Talking to the Evening Standard about his move, Llorente said: “I’m very, very happy to join Tottenham, an amazing club. I can only say that I come here to help Tottenham to win titles. I think they are working very, very good in the last years and I like it a lot.”
And the Spaniard is already looking forward to working with Harry Kane: “I am 32 years old, but I want to learn every day. I think I can learn a lot of things off Harry Kane and all the players. I can learn with Pochettino a lot and I am going to do my best here.
“I think I can do more things in my career and my dream is to do that here in Tottenham.”
Whilst the Llorente situation was the shock of the morning, another case involving a Tottenham target was arguably the surprise of the evening as the situation regarding Ross Barkley unravelled.
The Everton striker has been a long-term priority for Pochettino and, as reported by the Evening Standard, the Argentine was considering a deadline day move to try and tempt him to north London.
Yet, according to the Telegraph, just minutes after the deadline, Everton refused to enter into negotiations with Tottenham – whilst Barkley himself refused a potential move to Stamford Bridge.
It is still possible though that Tottenham will re-enter the race for the 23-year-old when the January transfer window comes around, with Barkley already entering the final year of his Everton contract.
Finally, there was almost some late drama regarding a transfer out of Wembley Stadium as Premier League new boys Brighton & Hove Albion made a last-gasp move for Dutch forward Vincent Janssen.
BBC Sport understand that Chris Hughton had been adamant on adding a striker to his ranks on deadline day and, after missing out on two options earlier in the day, he turned attentions to Spurs.
However, it is thought that the 23-year-old turned down the opportunity to move to the Seagulls – despite the fact that Llorente joined the club – and will instead continue to fight for a spot in the Spurs’ side.
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