Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano claims that both Newcastle and Aston Villa made late deadline-day moves to sign Lucas Moura from Tottenham.
The £80,000-a-week Brazilian forward has hardly a look in so far this season, playing just 12 minutes of Premier League football in the opening five games – although he has missed the last two with inflammation in his tendon.
Indeed, there are fears the 30-year-old could be missing for a few weeks due to the issue.
But despite that injury prognosis, there was major interest in Lucas on the final day of the summer window.
According to Romano, both Steven Gerrard and Eddie Howe were ready to act on Lucas’ omission from the starting XI in the first three games of the campaign.
However, with proposed moves for Wilfried Zaha and Gelson Martins falling through for Spurs, they decided to keep Lucas and Spanish star Bryan Gil instead.
The swoop for Zaha came a little out of the blue, after news broke on Saturday of Crystal Palace turning down a £50million bid.
Tottenham were also interested in Leeds winger Dan James but he ended up joining Fulham on loan instead.
Failure to add to their squad on deadline day has now left Antonio Conte relying on what he has.
There are concerns though that Spurs may have left themselves a little light on attacking options from the bench.
Conte’s men begin a busy period of action in the lead-up to the November World Cup. Champions League group matches begin next week and the Italian will need to utilise his squad fully.
But with Lucas set to be missing a few more weeks and Gil also hampered by an issue, Spurs have little to call on off the bench other than Richarlison. Indeed, in the midweek draw against West Ham, five of the nine outfield subs were defenders.
Lucas could end up leaving on a free
There’s now a strong feeling that Lucas will look to run his contract down and leave for free next summer.
If that does happen then there will no shortage of takers for the pacy forward. Indeed, Turkish giants Galatasaray also lodged a bid to sign Lucas late on deadline day.
Their proposal was an initial loan with an option to buy. However, that would have meant the Brazilian penning a new contract in north London first, given his current contract status.
Lucas has scored 38 goals in 204 games for Tottenham, but there is no doubting his most famous night in a Spurs shirt. It came when he scored a hat-trick at Ajax to seal the club’s place in the Champions League final in 2019.
He was subsequently left out of the showpiece finale against Liverpool for a returning Harry Kane. And since then, he’s largely been a bench option for successive Tottenham bosses.
Spurs are back in action on Saturday when they host Fulham in the Premier League in a 3pm kick-off.
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