The player opted for Bournemouth instead of Tottenham Hotspur.
In comments later published online by Get French Football News, the 20-year-old said, “I had a fair amount of offers, from Torino, CSKA Moscow, Tottenham, Sevilla, but I felt Bournemouth as they were the club that was rising in terms of strength and that wanted to progress.”
There is no doubt the Cherries are looking very much on the up under the management of Eddie Howe but with no disrespect to Bournemouth, Mousset may ultimately regret turning down Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in desperate need of striking reinforcements to ease the pressure on Harry Kane, but until the new faces actually arrive Spurs fans will be rightfully wary.
According to a recent report from ESPN, Pochettino is closing in on a deal for Vincent Janssen and that would be quite a coup, yet Tottenham also need a third-choice forward – a young player willing to bide their time knowing that the rewards could ultimately be plentiful.
At just 20, Mousset could have been that player; someone who would have still got plenty of chances to impress given the sheer number of games Spurs look set to play next season, while having the chance to settle in a new country without having the immediate expectation that comes with being a first choice player.
Pochettino is unafraid to give youth a chance and Mousset could have been another gem in an increasingly glittering crown, with his 14 goals in 28 matches for Le Havre last season suggesting he is one to watch.
Indeed such is the need for Kane to get regular rests next season – after his tired showings for England at Euro 2016 – and with the games coming thick and fast – Mousset may have got far more chances at Tottenham than he had envisaged prior to his decision.