By Russell Edge
Tottenham were one of several clubs who made an approach for the loan signing of Liverpool striker Divock Origi, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim on their website that both Spurs and Newcastle United made a move to snap up the Belgian striker on a temporary deal but the Reds wanted to send him overseas.
There was a whole host of foreign interest in the 22-year-old forward, with Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen all reported to have been in the hunt.
However it was VFL Wolfsburg who secured his signing, offering a loan fee reportedly in the region £6million for the 23-time-capped international.
He has played five times for the German side, scoring once, having netter 21 times in 77 appearances for Liverpool during his two seasons at the club, including one outing this campaign before his loan move.
His contract at Anfield is set to expire in the summer of 2019.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham will be frustrated that they missed out on the signing of Origi, albeit through no fault of their own. Liverpool would have been unlikely to have wanted to strengthen the squad of their rivals, which makes sense when there is such competition at the top of the table. His Premier League goal scoring record is average, with 12 goals in 51 appearances, but Mauricio Pochettino would have felt that he offered a different approach to the front line in comparison to first choice striker Harry Kane. Instead they secured target man Fernando Llorente on a permanent deal, but he is yet to replicate the form he showed at Swansea. A missed opportunity perhaps.
In other Tottenham news, a pair of Sky Sports pundits have backed Harry Kane to break this world record.