By Aramide Oladipo
Tottenham were set to complete a deadline day deal for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes before the Spanish giants opted against the move, according to a report.
ESPN claims that Spurs were holding discussions with the Catalan club over a potential loan deal with a view to a permanent move for the 24-year-old.
The news outlet reports that the North London club were beating Premier League rivals West Ham United to the midfielder’s signature but sources close to Spurs revealed that the deal collapsed at the last minute as Barcelona refused to offload him.
The report claims that Tottenham had turned their attentions to the Barcelona man after cooling their interest in Everton playmaker Ross Barkley.
Gomes made a cameo appearance for the Portugal national team on Thursday night as they strolled to an easy 5-1 home win against the Faroe Islands in a World Cup qualifier.
The midfielder has yet to feature for Barcelona in their opening two league matches this season but he did make a second-half appearance against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last month.
Gomes’ current contract at the Camp Nou expires in 2021.
Football Insider verdict
Although he has failed to impress at the Camp Nou after his big money move last summer, Gomes would have been a fine addition to the Spurs squad this season. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is gaining a reputation of getting the best out of his players and Gomes would have potentially shone under the Argentine’s guidance this year. Spurs always have the chance of pursuing the Portuguese once again when the transfer window opens in January but Barcelona will surely demand a lot of money. However, if Spurs continue struggling at Wembley and Gomes fails to retain a place in the first-team in a World Cup year, there is potential for a deal to materialise.
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