The Daily Mail claimed that the White Hart Lane side had a £15 million bid rejected by their London rivals yesterday.
Given that the Hammers were closing in on Alex Song and have subsequently signed him on a season-long loan deal, and Spurs failed to land Southampton’s Vincent Wanyama, there was a case that both clubs could have benefitted from the deal.
However, looking at it retrospectively, both teams should be glad that the switch did not happen.
For the Hammers, although Song’s addition will give Slaven Bilic more options in the heart of his midfield, the Senegalese enforcer is an integral member of the side.
Since signing for West Ham last summer the 25-year-old has been a crucial member of the side and continues to wield an influence over affairs - this will not change with Song’s inclusion.
For Spurs, there is certainly an argument to suggest that Mauricio Pochettino’s men could use a new central midfielder, but it is not one of Kouyate’s ilk.
With Eric Dier performing well as a defensive midfield pivot and Nabil Bentaleb sure to improve after a slow start to the new season, the North London team have enforcers to call upon in the boiler room.
On the other hand, with Ryan Mason not showing his best form for this club and a lack of creativity and vision from deep, the midfielder that Spurs need is someone more gifted on the ball rather than another destroyer.
As such there was a case to suggest that Song, not Kouyate, should have been the midfielder that Tottenham targetted.
For both camps, Kouyate staying at West Ham was the best course of action.