Spurs have enjoyed one of the most productive transfers windows in the Premier League with Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg all joining Jose Mourinho‘s squad.
However, the Portuguese was keen on one final piece of the puzzle, which was a centre-back, primarily one who could play on the left side of the central duo.
Unfortunately, football.london understands that unless a late opportunity presents itself, Spurs will likely finish the window without that new defender.
Talks with Inter Milan over Milan Skriniar came to a close without a breakthrough, despite interest from the player in making the move to north London.
Inter’s fellow Serie A side Juventus were also not keen on parting with another Spurs target in 22-year-old Turkey international Merih Demiral.
Currently a deal for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is not believed to be viable unless something drastically changes ahead of the 11pm deadline.
Spurs were only going to push forward for the right deal for a defender, with Mourinho not desperate for one, just willing to upgrade his options if a player like Skriniar in particular was available.
The belief is that Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies currently provide enough cover in the centre of defence and Mourinho, who is delighted with Tottenham’s moves in the transfer window, feels he has enough with them to continue for the months ahead.
The arrival of Brazilian striker Vinicius means Spurs are currently two over their foreign player limit in their Europa League squad, meaning Mourinho faces a tough decision over who to leave out for the group stages.
Another option with that in mind, would be for Tottenham would be to move for a young up and coming Championship centre-back during the 11-day domestic window, which begins once the main window closes.
Tottenham are focused also on moving players out of the door.
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Ryan Sessegnon joined Juan Foyth in heading out on loan, although the England U21’s move to Hoffenheim does not include a permanent option, which the Argentine’s move to Villarreal does.
There has been interest from Porto in left-back Danny Rose as a replacement for the Manchester United-bound Alex Telles, while Tottenham are believed to be open to offers for third choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
Young players Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jack Clarke could move on in the EFL window.