Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez admits Tottenham Hotspur wanted him after £15m link

Ayoze Perez

The Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to Spurs this summer.

In August it was reported that Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing up Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United. The Daily Mail reported that Tottenham were interested in signing the player from Newcastle for a fee of £15 million, after it became increasingly clear that Saido Berahino would not be making a move from West Bromwich Albion.

Spurs were after a new striker after losing Roberto Soldado to Villarreal and Emmanuel Adebayor on the brink of his eventual release.

The deal never came off however but the player himself has now admitted that Spurs were keen.

Speaking to Marca the striker stated:

"Tottenham and especially Mauricio Pochettino were really interested, which is hugely flattering for me. At the end of the day nothing came of it because Newcastle considered me an important player and wouldn't let me leave."

Perez has been the shining light for Newcastle for much of the past year. The club have struggled against relegation in recent times and Perez has been the main goal-getter in their bids for survival.

This season he has netted just the once, against Chelsea last weekend and his return to form would be necessary for Newcastle to start climbing up the table.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch