Tottenham Hotspur were linked with Bruno Fernandes over the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur landed Giovani Lo Celso on deadline day, but he was far from the only playmaker linked with a move to North London this summer.

With concerns over Christian Eriksen’s long-term future, Tottenham looked at potential number 10’s to sign, with Philippe Coutinho and Paulo Dybala the biggest names linked.

Mauricio Pochettino ended up landing his compatriot Lo Celso from Real Betis, but he was also heavily linked with raiding Sporting for Bruno Fernandes.

Sky Sports claimed just a week before the transfer deadline that Spurs had held talks with Sporting about a deal for Fernandes, but no move materialised.

Fernandes, 24, has been a star for Sporting in the last couple of seasons, posting frankly ridiculous numbers last season of 32 goals and 16 assists, having smashed 16 goals and 20 assists the season before that.

The Portuguese international has proven that he can create and score, whilst his set piece and long-range ability would make him a fine replacement for Eriksen.

Fernandes has now told GQ Portugal that he had agreed terms with Tottenham, but Sporting rejected their bid for him, meaning he had to stay put in the Portuguese capital.

Tottenham fans have unsurprisingly reacted to those comments, with many ruing Daniel Levy’s inability to get the deal done as they feel it’s ‘typical’ to have missed out on a player who had been happy to join.

Others think Spurs should move again in January, even suggesting they’ll see him when the window opens, with one fan even claiming he could be the most influential Spurs midfielder since Luka Modric if Levy can finally get a move over the line in 2020.

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