Agent hints Tottenham's bid for €13m striker was hijacked, Napoli deal now completed

The agent of Manolo Gabbiadini has hinted that Tottenham wanted to sign the Italian striker.

Napoli finally secured the signature of Manolo Gabbiadini earlier this week, with Rafael Benitez's men paying €13m to land the Sampdoria striker.

Gabbiadini, 23, has racked up seven goals and two assists for Sampdoria this season, following on from his impressive campaign last year, which garnered nine goals and four assists.

The twice-capped Italian international was previously on the books of Juventus before his latest transfer, with that €13m fee being split between Juve and Sampdoria in a complicated co-ownership transfer.

Many Tottenham fans will recognise the name of Gabbiadini having been strongly linked with a move to sign him in recent months, but he'll now be staying in Italy.

According to the player's agent, an English club did want to sign Gabbiadini, but weren't ready to sign him in this month's transfer window, and instead wanted to put the deal off until summer.

"Yes an Italian team but also a team abroad, in England. They were not ready for the situation, and the idea would have been for June,” said Silvio Pagliari.

No other English teams have been linked with a move for Gabbiadini of late, so there's a fair chance that the team in question was indeed Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs.

Pochettino will be delighted with the emergence of Harry Kane as a consistent goalscorer, but Roberto Soldado is still struggling to live up to his £26m price tag, with Emmanuel Adebayor being touted for a transfer this month.

That would leave Tottenham desperately needing another striker - but it won't be Gabbiadini, with Napoli swooping into steal him away from Spurs' clutches.

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