Report: Tottenham missed out on £12m transfer swoop for future attacking star
Tottenham missed out on signing future star Heung-min Son for a £12million transfer fee back in 2013, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that Spurs were keen on securing the services of the South Korean forward when he was with Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, but rejected the chance to seal the deal after being quoted the eight-figure fee.
Instead he ended up moving to Hamburg’s German rivals Bayer Leverkusen that summer, and Tottenham returned two years later to bring the now-25-year-old to north London for a fee in the region of £22million.
It is stated that Son was originally targeted by Spurs for both his footballing ability as well as his commercial influence in Asia, and he has become one of South Korea’s biggest stars, with 61 caps under his belt, while he has 40 goals and 23 assists in his 125 appearances for Tottenham.
Football Insider verdict
After missing out on what now looks to be a bargain deal for Son, it explains why the club are willing to splash the cash on young talents, as was the case with Davinson Sanchez last summer. The South Korean’s rise has been impressive, and the £22million spent on him still looks to be a good value bit of business. He is an important part of the Lilywhites’ first team and is probably still underrated for those who do not watch Spurs on a regular basis. His running, enthusiasm and technique are all well suited to both the style of play implemented by Mauricio Pochettino, as well as the demands of the Premier League, and the supporters will hope he continues to go from strength to strength.
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