By Matt Farr
Tottenham tried to sign N’Golo Kante before settling for Victor Wanyama in the summer, according to a report.
Squawka claim that the north London club had made discreet enquiries for the then-Leicester midfielder, but swiftly turned their attention to other targets after being priced-out by the demands.
The France international had a starring role as Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester pulled off one of the most remarkable achievements in sporting history, lifting the Premier League title last season.
His displays earned him top-billing at the King Power Stadium, sparking substantial interest from some of the nation’s elite clubs.
Kante later sealed a £30million move to Chelsea, with Tottenham instead settling for their second-choice option, Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.
However, Tottenham will not have been too disheartened to have missed out on the Premier League title winner, as Wanyama has had a defining impact since arriving at White Hart Lane.
The 25-year-old has been one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most consistent and reliable performers, and is the only Tottenham player to appear in all 24 of their Premier League games this season.
Contributing to a league-best defensive record of 16 goals conceded, the Kenya international has proven to be a bargain purchase for just £12million – just over a third of Kante’s price-tag.
From his 30 appearances in all competitions, Wanyama has scored two goals, and has failed to complete the full 90 minutes of a Premier League game this term on just two occasions.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs are close to agreeing a deal with this reigning Champion for winger Nathan Oduwa.