French press: Daniel Levy apologises to Marseille, controversial claim over Tottenham transfer business

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A further look at Erik Lamela's failed transfer from Tottenham to Marseille.

Erik Lamela came close to leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Marseille last night, only for the Premier League side to pull the plug on the deal at the last minute.

With the French transfer deadline passing, Lamela will not be heading to Ligue 1, with French newspaper L'Equipe reporting the deal's late collapse.

Another French newspaper La Provence, has shed further light on the circumstances, claiming head coach Mauricio Pochettino overruled chairman Daniel Levy and was insistent Lamela stays put.

This was due to the club's failure to sign striker Saido Berahino, who they have failed to bring in from West Brom.

La Provence report Levy was forced into making an embarrassing apology to Marseille, presumably for wasting their time.

The report states: "The chairman of the Spurs was apologetic with leaders Olympians, stunned and helpless."

Controversial claim

Spurs have been pushing to sign a striker over the summer, but supporters are so far still waiting.

La Provence claims the club put all their efforts into moving Lamela on, instead of pushing for a forward, writing: "They had given up looking for a striker to focus on Lamela."

Time is ticking down ahead of the transfer window closing at 6pm, and if they did waste crucial time trying to push Lamela on, only to cancel the deal, it shows a real lack of joined up thinking on the club's part, with Levy and Pochettino struggling to get on the same page.

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