Newcastle's Ayoze Perez claims Tottenham wanted to sign him this summer.
Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez has told Marca that Tottenham Hotspur were looking to sign him over the summer, but the Magpies were desperate to keep him.
"There was interest from Tottenham, especially Pochettino," said Perez. "It's a very nice compliment for me.In the end it did not work because the Newcastle considered important to me and would not let me leave," he added.
It was well documented over the summer that Spurs needed to bring in some attacking firepower to help Harry Kane in attack, and eventually, manager Pochettino did snap up Clinton N'Jie and Son Heung-min from Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.
Some fans do still want one more forward signing in January, and Perez's comments pose the question - should Spurs make another move for him?
Perez, 22, has impressed for Newcastle since joining from Tenerife in 2014, scoring seven goals in his debut season before a tough start to life under Steve McClaren. The Spaniard found himself in and out of the Magpies team, though he did prove his quality with a super goal in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
A player of Perez's quality is bound to attract interest, and deserves to be playing regularly, but McClaren - for some reason - didn't seem so keen on him in the early stages of the campaign, with the forward also telling Marca that he expected a much bigger role in the team.
He may be playing now, but Spurs should be watching over the coming weeks and months to see whether McClaren chooses to keep Perez in the team or not, with Pochettino seemingly keen on bringing Perez to White Hart Lane.
The problem with Perez potentially moving to Tottenham is that he isn't an out-and-out striker. He's often played in from the left hand side, or often dropping of behind a striker, where he can use his skill and guile to carve out chances for himself and his team-mates.
That's essentially the role that Son Heung-min will play for Spurs, and adding Perez in to the mix would complicate matters in the final third for Pochettino, with Tottenham needing more of a centre forward right now, rather than a player like Perez.
It may be a case of Tottenham signing Son once they knew they couldn't sign Perez, and that deal could mean Pochettino has ended his interest in Perez - but with talent and versatility, Pochettino may still be able to carve out a role for Perez even after signing Son, whilst the Spaniard may become disillusioned with life in a relegation battle come January, especially if Spurs are challenging in the top six.
After an up-and-down start to the season, Spurs should continue to monitor Perez's situation in case they can tempt Newcastle in to a deal at the second time of asking - though it's hard to see him being a top target for Pochettino right now.