Just when the deal appeared done Tottenham outbid by top-flight club for midfielder - report
By Abigail Withey
Tottenham Hotspur have been outbid by Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon for midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, according to a recent report.
The Daily Mail has revealed that the French outfit have submitted a larger bid than the north London club and have offered the 20-year-old a tempting package of personal terms.
The newspaper claims on their website that Mauricio Pochettino’s side offered £9 million for the Celta Vigo central midfielder as it appeared that the deal had been all but done for him to move to Spurs.
It is said that despite the higher offer from the French club, the playmaker is still keen on a move to London.
The Spaniard moved up through the academy at Celta de Vigo before joining the senior squad in the summer of 2016.
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Since moving up to the first-team the attacker has played in 16 La Liga matches where he managed to score one goal.
Cheikh recently extended his contract with the Spanish club in February which sees him remain at the side until 2021.
Football Insider verdict
Pochettino will be feeling disappointed with Lyon’s increased bid for the star, but it doesn’t mean their pursuit is over. The club have increased funds after seeing the likes of Kyle Walker move to Manchester City in a mega-money deal, and they should use this to fund a higher bid for Cheikh. The Spurs boss can be surprised with the outcome of this deal though as he has left his transfer business incredibly close to deadline day. The club must now focus on bringing Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez to Wembley this season, who would be an incredible addition and fantastic boost for the club in the midst of their uneventful transfer window. If the Tottenham boss continues to lose out on players, the final few weeks of his pursuits can have the tendency to look rushed which can have a negative effect on the atmosphere among fans.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.