It seems Tottenham Hotspur have not made a move for the Japan international after all.
On Tuesday morning Italian website Tuttomercatoweb published a story claiming Tottenham Hotspur had made a formal offer for AC Milan winger Keisuke Honda, but it seems TMW jumped the gun, now reporting the news that the Serie A side have denied that any such move has been made.
Milan’s official television channel has denied the club have received an offer from Tottenham for the 29-year-old, adding that the player is going nowhere this summer.
So that appears to be that, even if TMW have got themselves in a bit of a muddle reporting contrasting stories in relatively quick succession.
In truth a Tottenham move for Honda at this stage of his career always seemed rather strange.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would have no doubt been aware of the boost to the club’s revenue a move for Honda would have generated in Japan, but the player himself is not getting any younger and were it not for a great surge of form in the first seven league games of last season his figures would have looked far from impressive.
All Honda’s six goals last season came by mid-October and after that he struggled, setting up just three more goals and failing to make much of an impact.
He also fails to fit the Tottenham mould of signing young players with considerable sell-on value who would fit into the side manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently building.