Ollie Tanner completes Cardiff switch despite terms being agreed for Tottenham transfer

Antonio Conte of Inter Milan attends a press conference after being defeated by Juventus F.C. during the 2019 International Champions Cup football tournament in Nanjing city, east China's Jiangsu province in 2019

Cardiff City have swooped to snap up forward Ollie Tanner from non-league side Lewes, despite terms being agreed over a Tottenham transfer back in January.

The versatile attacker is already Cardiff’s third signing of the summer transfer window after the arrivals of Ebou Adams and Jak Alnwick, but things could have turned out very differently for the 20-year-old.

Cardiff initially showed interest in the player last month and after a successful trial period he’s signed a two-year contract.

The Bluebirds are understood to have paid Lewes £40,000 and he’s expected to compete for a first-team squad place.

He will officially join the club on June 10, when the summer transfer window officially opens.

However, Tanner could have already been at Spurs – if he’d have agreed to a January transfer.

Southampton, Watford, Brighton and Luton were all keen on the attacker. But Tottenham took their own interest that bit further.

Indeed, Tanner actually rejected a move to north London, as was reported by Lewes at the turn of the year. Their club statement read: “Lewes Football Club would like to confirm that whilst the club and a Premier League club agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of Ollie Tanner, Ollie and the Premier League club were not ultimately able to agree personal terms and he remains a Lewes FC player.”

Tanner actually began his career on the books of Arsenal but did make the grade and ended up at Bromley.

He joined Lewes on a free transfer last August and his excellent season in the Isthmian League Premier Division alerted a number of clubs.

Morison expects Tanner to relish Cardiff challenge

Cardiff boss Steve Morison was delighted to seal the transfer of the promising youngster.

He told the club’s official website: “When his move fell through with Tottenham, we were all over it. We monitored him for the rest of the season and he did really well.

“He wants to be a part of it. That’s what we want; we want people who want to be here, so we’re giving him a platform to build on and it’s up to him to take the opportunity now. He comes in as his first experience of full-time football, but we’ll nurture him and manage him right.”

Tanner himself added: “I’m very excited. It’s a massive club, and I can’t wait to get going. There were a lot of young boys last season who got a good chance here, and it appealed to me massively.

“The manager really sold it to me and I thought it would be perfect. It’s good as a young player, because you’re always looking for a chance. I’m a fast, powerful winger. I like to score goals and get assists.”