Mourinho prevented Tottenham man leaving after receiving three offers

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 5:13 - Samuel Bannister

Tottenham refused to allow Japhet Tanganga to join Celtic or two Premier League rivals on deadline day, according to reports.

Tanganga has had to be patient for opportunities since emerging from the academy ranks at Tottenham. Indeed, he is yet to play in the Premier League this season.

Due to his lack of action, it appears several clubs thought they could test Tottenham’s resolve on deadline day.

According to The Athletic, Spurs received offers from Celtic, Southampton and West Brom before the transfer window closed. However, all three suitors were warned away.

Tottenham have high hopes for Tanganga, who can play anywhere across the defence. The 21-year-old has started three games in the Europa League this season as well as one each in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

With a lack of gametime in the league, though, Tottenham may have listened to offers for his services on loan. But allowing him to leave was never on their minds.

Celtic came in with an offer as they looked to cover for the departure of Jeremie Frimpong earlier in the transfer window.

Ultimately, the Scottish champions had to settle for Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny on loan instead.

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Prem duo wanted Tanganga

Celtic were not the only side to ask for Tanganga’s services, though. The report also claims Southampton and West Brom wanted to give him a platform in the Premier League.

Southampton were on the lookout for more depth in defence, particularly at full-back. While Tanganga usually plays more centrally, he could have provided cover in the areas they needed.

However, their pursuit of the England youth international was ultimately unsuccessful. It was the latest in a long line of disappointments, as they also missed out on Neco Williams, Brandon Williams and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Maitland-Niles moved from Arsenal to West Brom on loan instead. The Baggies had been another suitor for Tanganga.

It was certainly a busy month for Sam Allardyce as he looked to re-shape his relegation-threatened squad. Tanganga was another option on his long list of targets.

Jose Mourinho stood in Tanganga’s way, though, as he still has a place for the youngster in his plans. Only time will tell how much he plays during the remainder of the season.

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