By Wayne Veysey

23rd Sep, 2020 | 12:59pm

Exclusive: Tottenham first teamer rejects move after Levy puts big-cash deal in place

Tottenham defender Serge Aurier has snubbed a move to Spartak Moscow after holding talks, Football Insider can reveal.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has given the green light for the right-back, 27, to leave after the summer signing of Matt Doherty from Wolves.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that chairman Daniel Levy has put in place a deal for £15million-valued Aurier to join Spartak for a significant fee.

But the Ivory Coast international has knocked back the potential transfer as a move to Russia does not appeal to him.

The deal now appears dead in the water and Tottenham will have to consider alternative destinations for Aurier.

He is in line to be the second senior Spurs right-back to leave this window following Kyle Walker-Peters’ move to Southampton.

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The academy product, 23, headed to St Mary’s Stadium permanently for a fee of around £12m as midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg headed the other way.

Aurier has been an unused substitute for the opening two Premier League matches of the season, with Doherty inserted instantly into the starting XI.

Tottenham paid around £15m for the Republic of Ireland international as Mourinho looked to recruit a proven Premier League performer.


Mourinho put his faith in Aurier at right-back last season and he started almost all of the matches when he took over.

He has played 83 matches for Tottenham since signing in the summer of 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain for £24m.

In other news, Ryan Sessegnon has been tipped to leave Tottenham on permanent deal after U-turn.