Former Tottenham man convinces striker to snub old club after Pochettino phone calls - report
By Tom Blackburn
Gus Poyet has persuaded Roma striker Antonio Sanabria to snub Tottenham and join Real Betis, according to a report.
Football Insider reported earlier this month that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino had personally spoke to Sanabria to inform him of the north London club’s interest.
Spanish website Sport now claim Betis manager Poyet has convinced the young Paraguayan during a series of phone calls to reject the club that Poyet himself both played for and where he was a member of the coaching staff.
Sanabria is said to have now agreed to join Poyet at Betis and complete a transfer to the La Liga outfit.
Sanabria spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Spanish club Sporting Gijon from Roma, where he scored an impressive 11 goals in 29 La Liga appearances.
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Sanabria won his first cap for Paraguay at the age of 17, and has since gone on to earn eight senior caps in total.
The South American has been tipped to have a big future in the game and football giants Barcelona, where he started in the ‘B’ team in 2013, are also said to be interested. He has also been linked with newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester before.
Pochettino has been known at both Southampton and Tottenham to give young players a chance, and this could help attract the young striker to London.
As reported by Football Insider, Tottenham are set to provide back-up for star striker Harry Kane in the form of AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen.