Seydou Doumbia’s agent has told FootMercato.net that English and German clubs made enquiries about his client in the winter transfer window.
The former CSKA star found himself in demand January as he spent the better part of the month in Equitorial Guinea contesting the Africa Cup of Nation for the Ivory Coast.
In December Tottenham were said to be monitoring the 27-year-old by the London Evening Standard, though seemingly remained reluctant to pay his £25 million release clause.
Nevertheless, Doumbia’s CSKA contract was set to expire in the summer of 2016, potentially spelling a reduction for Spurs, in great need of another striker.
Nearly the entire month of January passed without Tottenham firming up their interest, however, with Roma moving in to bring in a replacement for the outgoing Mattia Destro.
Matters advanced quickly for the Giallorossi and the capital club were able to agree a £10.8 million deal – potentially rising to £11.9 million – to bring Doumbia to the Stadio Olimpico.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma didn’t prevail without late competition – which was indeed provided by Spurs, the transfer guru reported.
Di Marzio stated that Tottenham came in with a “significant offer” late on but Doumbia’s former Russian employers were already keen to sell to Roma.
Agent Jean-Bernard Beytrison has now confirmed that there was Premier League interest in the Ivory Coast international, adding that the Bundesliga was also a possible destination.
Beytrison told FootMercato.net: “In Russia he had nothing to prove and he really needed a new challenge. Seydou is an ambitious man and always wants to do his best.
“There were English and German clubs who requested information, but Roma stepped up concretely and even before Destro went to Milan, Seydou had quickly made his choice.”
It’s something of a disappointing revelation for Tottenham, especially when considering that Roma were able to sign Doumbia for less than £12 million.
Had Spurs acted faster, it’s possible that they would have been able to convince a striker who boasts 10 goals in 15 career Champions League appearances to come to the Lane.
That opportunity has now passed Spurs by, however, and Mauricio Pochettino will instead need to draw up a new list of targets to bolster his attacking ranks when the summer arrives.