Striker snubs Tottenham to move to Spain after Pochettino intervention - report
By Alex Taylor
Tottenham target Antonio Sanabria has snubbed a move to White Hart Lane and is now set to move to Real Betis, according to reports.
HITC Sport, citing Spanish outlet Sevilla ABC, claim that the 20-year-old will turn down a move to the north London side despite a better offer from Tottenham and the lure of Champions League football.
In what would prove to be a public rejection for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, it is said the forward has been convinced to join the Andalusian side by manager Gus Poyet after he was promised regular first team football.
Football Insider reported last month that Pochettino had personally spoken to Sanabria to inform him of the north London club’s interest.
But it is now reported that Sanabria has agreed to join Poyet at Betis and complete a transfer to the La Liga outfit.
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Sanabria had a successful loan in 2015-16 at Spanish club Sporting Gijón, where he scored 11 goals in 30 appearances, so a move back to Spain in the shape of Betis has always been a viable option.
The forward also spent four years at the prestigious Barcelona youth set-up.
Tottenham are certainly in the market for a striker with Harry Kane the only recognised forward who fired on a regular basis for them last season, as they fell just short in the Premier League title race and ended up finishing 3rd.
They were interested in Belgium international Michy Batshuayi, but he recently secured a deal to London rival Chelsea meaning Spurs could now turn their attention to Sanabria.
In other Tottenham news, their midfielder is set to open new contract talks with the club.