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11th Jan, 2017 | 1:36pm

Tottenham blow as Euro giants manager blocks 28-year-old attacker transfer - report

By Will Butcher

Diego Simeone has ruled out a Tottenham move for Atletico Madrid star Nico Gaitan, according to a report.

The Mirror claimed on their transfer news blog on Monday (20:06) that Spurs were eyeing a move for the Argentina international, with Gaitan keen to play regular football.

However, the London Evening Standard has claimed that Simeone has told his 28-year-old attacker that he wants to keep him at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Gaitan has made just 16 league and cup appearances since his move to the Champions League runners-up from Portuguese outfit Benfica, scoring three goals.

With Erik Lamela remaining injured and Moussa Sissoko failing to provide the form that saw Spurs spend £30million on him in the summer, Gaitan had been reportedly identified to provide quality out wide.

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Pochettino appeared willing to overlook his poor form in Spain to bring him to White Hart Lane, after a stunning spell in Portugal with Benfica.

The versatile attacker made a total of 252 appearances for his former club, having a hand in 128 goals. Scoring 41 of those himself, Gaitan supplied 87 assists after signing from Boca Juniors.

Football Insider verdict:

Bringing Gaitan to north London would be a top signing for Pochettino’s side, as the former Southampton boss looks to bring in talent that will provide Spurs with the difference in their Premier League title challenge this season. However, other options should be looked at with Gaitan in disappointing form and he will be forced to pick that up if he is to play a regular role in Pochettino’s starting eleven. With four years still remaining on his current contract after completing a big-money move just six months ago, Spurs should target a loan move if they do attempt to sign Gaitan. Diego Simeone has said he’s not for sale but that wouldn’t necessarily rule out a six-month loan deal that could suit both sides with Gaitan struggling for game-time. Realistically though, it looks like a non-starter.  

In other Tottenham transfer news, this is Spurs response to reported Man United interest in Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.