Espanyol defender Hector Moreno has rejected a lucrative deal in Russia as he seeks a move to the Premier League, reports claim.
The Mexican international has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines after breaking his leg during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
It was a disappointing moment for the former AZ Alkmaar star as his impressive performances caught the attentions of a number of top European clubs, including Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spent much of the summer attempting to sign a star defender, finally settling on Federico Fazio after failing to bring in Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio.
However, had it not been for Moreno’s injury the chances are that the Mexican would have jumped straight to the top of Pochettino’s wish-list given their previous working relationship at Espanyol.
Still, the 26-year-old remains an alleged target for the White Hart Lane outfit and they have been handed an incentive to make a January swoop as reports claim that he seeks a move to the Premier League.
“The international player rejected a lucrative move to Russia as he seeks a move to either the Premier League or Germany’s Bundesliga. For most parts a move looks likely, though it is not sure whether he will secure a transfer in January or the following summer,” Spanish publication Marca states.
Moreno was named Espanyol’s Player of the Year for the 2011/12 season under then-boss Pochettino, playing 35 matches and helping the club fend off relegation.
Buying him now, despite impressive pedigree, could however be deemed a gamble due to his current lack of fitness. Perhaps holding out until the summer is the most prudent decision for Spurs.