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Tottenham Hotspur almost missed out on the signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham on transfer deadline day, per Sky Sports.
The club announced the deal to secure the 19-year-old’s signature after the transfer deadline had actually expired.
And Sky Sports now reports that the deal almost fell through because the Championship side tried to pursue a move for Chelsea defender Michael Hector.
Sky claims that Spurs paid a £25m fee for the teenager, which could rise to £30m, and the Cottagers wanted to spend that money on Hector, who has been on a number of loan spells since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Those negotiations dragged, however, and Fulham were preparing to allow Sessegnon to run down his contract prior to a potential free transfer to north London next summer.
Spurs got two signings over the line on Thursday, with Giovani Lo Celso joining Sessegnon in north London.
The latter may end up being the most important, however.
A quick, skilful winger who also has the ability to play as a full-back, there have been comparisons with Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
Those have perhaps come about a little early in Sessegnon’s career but at the age of 18, he can grow and develop under Pochettino.
Whether or not he becomes the next Bale remains to be seen but this was almost certainly the most important deal Spurs pulled off this week.
Indeed, they may well have signed their left-back for the next decade and beyond.