Tottenham Hotspur failed with an 11th-hour approach for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele earlier this month, according to a report.
Jose Mourinho wanted a back-up striker for Harry Kane all summer and a number of names were linked with the club
Mourinho though finally plumped for Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica.
Spurs got the deal for Vinicius done two days before the October 5 deadline. The 25-year-old signed on a season-long loan from Benfica, with an option to buy him for around £36m.
Whether or not the Brazilian was Spurs top target though remains to be seen because the timeline of events is not clear.
“Last minute offers” were made with Spurs named as they looked for a deputy for Kane.
Spurs though were knocked back, while PSG were also snubbed as they looked for another forward.
Thomas Tuchel’s side finally took Moise Kean on loan from Everton instead.
French newspaper L’Equipe have also suggested that Mourinho’s top target was Dembele and not Vinicius.
Foot Mercato also adds that Dembele is “currently lacking in confidence” as the frontman has failed to score or register an assist in six league matches this season.
Dembele has gone 357 minutes without a goal or assist on the back of last season where he notched 27 goals and seven assists.
Middlesbrough are reportedly planning to bring Tottenham defender Danny Rose back up north with a loan move before Friday’s transfer deadline.
While the window for international transfers closed last Monday, Premier League and EFL clubs can still trade.
Rose has so far been unable to secure another move away from Spurs after last season’s loan at Newcastle. Indeed he was in talks about a permanent transfer to Genoa but that deal eventually collapsed.
However, Football Insider claims that the 30-year-old may still get his exit wish before Friday’s cut-off. Boro are plotting an ‘ambitious’ move for Rose which would be a ‘surprise’ move for the left-back.