Despite 16 goals last season, Keita Balde Diao hasn't made a single start since £27m Spurs rumours

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and F.C Kufstein on August 1, 2017 in Kufstein, Austria.

Tottenham Hotspur were strongly linked with a move for Keita Balde Diao over the summer.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and F.C Kufstein on August 1, 2017 in Kufstein, Austria.

Back in August, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a big-money move to sign winger Keita Balde Diao, but Spurs didn't follow through with a move – and he ended up joining Monaco instead.

Corriere Dello Sport (Press Reader) reported that Tottenham had agreed a €30million (£27million) fee to sign Keita, with Mauricio Pochettino allegedly keen to add the Spaniard's pace to his attack.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Malaga CF and SS Lazio at Estadio La Rosaleda on August 5, 2017 in Malaga, Spain.

However, the move went cold, and just days later, Keita made his move from Lazio to Ligue 1 side Monaco, emerging as something of a replacement for Kylian Mbappe following his move to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Keita, 22, was seen as a huge signing for Monaco after impressing with Lazio last season, as he hit 16 goals and three assists for the Italians in his best season to date, prompting major interest in his signature.

Many Spurs fans wanted to see Keita join the ranks in North London, as his goals and speed would have been vital to the Tottenham attack – but they may now think they didn't miss out too badly.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio in action during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and F.C Kufstein on August 1, 2017 in Kufstein, Austria.

In over a month with Monaco, Keita has yet to make a single start, making four substitute appearances to a total of 32 minutes; just eight minutes per appearance as he takes time to settle with Leonardo Jardim's side.

Of course, it's early days for Keita at Monaco, and he will be given every chance to justify his price tag, but his slow start may leave Pochettino feeling that he made a smart choice by not following through with the alleged deal.

With Erik Lamela on his way back and Moussa Sissoko improving, the Spurs boss may well be happy with his wide options in attack, whilst not signing Keita may yet give Georges-Kevin Nkoudou another chance to shine – and Spurs can use the money they saved on other targets another time, though they will be hoping that Keita doesn't end up being the one who got away.

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