By Russell Edge
Tottenham have ended their pursuit of Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth after deciding that his asking price was too high, according to a report.
Broadcaster Sky Sports claimed on the live transfer blog on Thursday [06:08pm] that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was put off by the £8million valuation placed on the 19-year-old starlet’s head, and called off the pursuit.
Foyth has only made eight first-team appearances for Estudiantes and is said to also be attracting attention from Paris St. German, Roma and Inter Milan.
The news comes just days after a report from Diario Hoy suggested that the North London side would be making a second approach for the young centre-back, having seen a £5.4million bid rejected.
However, in a major development it appears that the hunt is over, and Tottenham fans will have to wait a little bit longer before seeing the first new name through the door this summer.
Football Insider verdict
This pursuit will have been so frustrating for Pochettino and his team, as it looked to be a nailed on transfer at one point. The lack of willingness to meet Estudientes’ valuation demonstrates the stringent purse strings which are being enforced by Daniel Levy at the club, but this should come as no surprise after last summer’s £30million debacle over Moussa Sissoko. Fans may have to sit tight, as they look to offload the deadwood from the club before splashing the cash in a bid to improve on last season’s second place. Still, just £2.6million for a promising youngster – it will always be a case of what might have been.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club face a battle with fierce rivals to secure a Premier League winger.