Just weeks after Tottenham's alleged Jackson Martinez bid he completes £31m move to China

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The alleged Tottenham Hotspur target moved to China this week.

Back in January Tottenham Hotspur fans woke up to a very strange rumour emanating from Spanish newspaper Marca, claiming the North London club had bid £22.8million for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez.

This was not the first time the Colombian international had been linked with Spurs but it was the strangest time, with the player not getting any younger and struggling since his switch to Spain from FC Porto.

From being a prolific marksman in Portugal, Jackson was now fighting for minutes and goals, managing just three in 22 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side.

There was no doubt Tottenham could do with additional fire-power; however, for the money being discussed it would have been a huge change of approach from their chairman Daniel Levy.

The report at the time claimed Atletico were holding out for £26.6million, which makes what happened next even more fascinating.

Did Tottenham return with an improved bid – if they had even offered in the first place that is? Of course they didn’t.

Instead, in arguably the strangest move of the window, Jackson signed for Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for an Asian transfer record of £31million (as reported by the BBC).

This is for a 29-year-old who has struggled for goals all season, but whatever the reason for the story linking Tottenham with a sizeable bid, it seems Atletico are laughing all the way to the bank.

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