Should Spurs have tried to sign Ever Banega this summer?

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The Argentina international was available on a free after leaving Sevilla, but he has ended up joining Italian giants Inter Milan.

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Inter Milan this week completed the free transfer signing of Argentine international Ever Banega, and with a player of his level available, the question is, why didn't Mauricio Pochettino consider the player?

Tottenham are reportedly searching for a creative and versatile central midfielder than can also play further forward, and the 28-year-old would have been an excellent addition to the squad with that in mind.

Banega would have joined his countryman Erik Lamela at White Hart Lane and would also be working under fellow Argentine Pochettino at Spurs.

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With Tottenham likely to be watching their budget over the next few years, the club should be willing to consider high quality free transfer players whenever they come on the market.

Though the balancing of transfer fees isn't as simple, it stands to reason that when tens of millions, the kind of figures being mentioned for Newcastle star Georginio Wijnaldum by the Mirror, is saved strengthening one section of the squad, there will be more available for further positions or in paying fees previously deemed too high.

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Never is this more important than when Daniel Levy is said to be reluctant to pay AZ's asking price for striker Vincent Janssen.

Banega has traditionally been more of a playmaker than a goalscoring midfielder, but was available off the back of his best ever scoring season, netting nine goals in 45 matches, as he helped Sevilla reach their last two Europa League finals.

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Not unlike ex Spurs favourite Luka Modric in his style of play, it is perhaps Banega's temperament, which has at times let him down, that convinced Pochettino not to take an interest in his compatriot's availability, but again, Banega was more focused on his football than ever in his two-year spell in Seville.

Of course, Pochettino and Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell are certain to have quality options on their wishlist to strengthen the attacking midfield position, but it was surprising that a player with nearly 50 international caps to his name was scarcely linked with the North Londoners.

We'll only know at the end of the transfer window what is in store for Spurs in the summer's market, but the advantages of doing business early is clear, if not always necessarily Levy's approach.

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