Report: Tottenham signed Trippier after deciding Seamus Coleman was too expensive

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

Tottenham were reportedly interested in signing Seamus Coleman before landing Kieran Trippier.

According to The Sun, Tottenham turned their attention to new signing Kieran Trippier having failed to land Everton star Seamus Coleman.

Trippier, 24, left recently relegated Burnley on Friday, penning a five-year deal with Tottenham to become Mauricio Pochettino's second summer signing after luring Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer from Koln in May.

Trippier now arrives at White Hart Lane as competition for Kyle Walker in the right back position, but things could have been so much different.

The Sun report that Spurs had lined up a swoop for Everton's Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman, but later decided that the 26-year-old would be too expensive.

The report suggests that Pochettino wants to spend money on his central midfield and attacking options, and chose to move away from Coleman in order to purchase the cheaper option in Trippier, leaving money for other areas.

Right decision?

Tottenham landed Trippier for just £3.5m according to the Daily Mail, and it's fair to estimate that Coleman could have cost around five times that amount.

That decision leaves Pochettino with money to spend on a Tottenham squad which still needs a number of new signings this summer if they are to challenge for a top four place.

Coleman would have been a huge signing for Spurs given his superb attacking threat from right back, but Pochettino has probably made the right decision to go for a cheaper option and bring in more quality elsewhere, rather than spend most of his budget on one position.

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