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6th Dec, 2016 | 11:02am

Report details how Tottenham missed out on prolific European goalscorer

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham could have made a summer move for prolific goalscorer Moussa Dembele, according to a report.

The Guardian claim that Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan of the striker despite failing to agree a deal for him in January.

Spurs tried to sign Dembele in the January transfer window and he even headed to north London for a medical, but the contract terms could not be agreed as Fulham insisted that he was loaned back for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

The report details that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers swopped in the during the summer transfer window and convinced Dembele to move to the Scottish giants after a successful two-and-a-half-hour meeting.

Dembele has been a phenomenal hit in Scotland since his summer arrival and has scored 17 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions.

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The striker has scored on three occasions in the Champions League group stages and is regarded as one of the best emerging talents in Europe.

The 20-year-old has shown huge maturity at Celtic and is the first-choice to spearhead the attack ahead of Leigh Griffiths.

Spurs may be kicking themselves after missing out on promising youngster Dembele, who is expected to reach the very top level.

The north London club did sign forward Vincent Janssen in the transfer window and he has struggled to make the desired impact.

Janssen, 22, has scored just three goals in 20 appearances for Spurs and all of them have come from the penalty spot.

Mauricio Pochettino currently has limited options in attack and the team are extremely reliant on Harry Kane for goals.

In other Tottenham transfer news, they have opened defender talks ahead of the January window.