Dortmund star: “Spurs tried to sign me, but it became a bit weird…”

Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has claimed that the north Londoners tried to sign him in June 2012.

Tottenham have finally ended their search for a big-name striker with Roberto Soldado’s addition over the summer, but it could well have been someone else.

It seems like the north London side are linked to every available player under the sun, and one man that has been rumoured to be in the White Hart Lane club’s crosshairs on a number of occasions is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former AC Milan youth team player shot into the European spotlight for French club St Etienne, where he scored 35 goals in 73 Ligue 1 appearances over the space of two seasons.

The Gabon international was at the time linked with many Premier League clubs, with Newcastle also believed to have been keeping a close eye on him.

Aubameyang ended up switching to German giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer just gone, but has claimed that he had the chance to move to England a year prior.

"Tottenham tried to sign me in June 2012," the African attacker admitted.

"But in the end everything became a bit weird. I didn't really like the way things were done.

"So, if Spurs ever came back in for me, I'd say no."

Aubameyang has netted five times in nine Bundesliga fixtures since moving to Signal Iduna Park, and will feature for Jurgen Klopp’s men tonight in the Champions League against Arsenal.

Although the 24-year-old is clearly a talented player, whether or not he would have been a good addition for Spurs remains to be seen.

Since moving to Dortmund, Klopp has predominantly used the African attacker in a wide right role, rather than the centre forward position that he had become accustomed to in France.

At the moment Tottenham have Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela vying for a place on the right of Andre Villas-Boas’ 4-2-3-1 system and as such Aubameyang would not be needed there.

Indeed, with Soldado putting in his most accomplished performance in a Spurs shirt on Sunday against Aston Villa, the Spaniard looks like a closer match to the player Tottenham need to lead their line than Aubameyang.

Aubameyang is technically good, quick and likes the ball into feet, but the more physical Robert Lewandowski plays as Dortmund’s lone frontman. Similarly, at Tottenham, Soldado is more of a presence in leading the line, and Aubameyang’s attributes are relatively similar to Jermain Defoe.

Spurs fans will hope Aubameyang can score for Dortmund tonight against Arsenal, but will not be relishing his comments in the media today about their club’s ‘weird’ advances.

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