Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino vetoed a move for AS Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, per Belgian media outlet Het Belang van Limburg, via Sport Witness.
According to The Telegraph’s Midlands football reporter John Percy on Twitter, the midfielder is now reportedly poised to move to Leicester City in a loan deal that will see Adrien Silva go the other way, also on loan.
#lcfc have tonight agreed a deal with Monaco for Youri Tielemans. Loan swap, with Adrien Silva going to Monaco. Players expected for medicals on Wednesday
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 29, 2019
However, the aforementioned report, via Sport Witness, claims that Spurs’ hierarchy were keen on a move for Tielemans, with a purchase option included in any loan deal.
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Pochettino, however, is said to have nixed the potential deal, as he was unconvinced by the qualities offered by the Belgian.
Tielemans has won 19 caps for his country, per Transfermarkt, and has been a key member of Monaco’s squad this season, starting a total of 30 games in all competitions and chipping in with five goals.
And it’s fair to say that the news that Pochettino was not keen on the midfielder has not gone down too well on Twitter.
Is poch loosing his marbles.
— paddy casey (@slippyfox80) January 30, 2019
I’m not sure Poch is sure what a new signing is?! It’s been that long.
— Gertrude Englebert (@Dedicated_Mole) January 30, 2019
Poch talks a big game about “if I had taken dembele at age 18/19 he would be one of the best in the world” and yet when presented with a young player of similar raw talent, he balks!
— Chris Birchall (@ChrisBirchall3) January 30, 2019
So was he convinced with Nkoudou, janssen and Njie ??
— steve cope (@speedline132) January 30, 2019
Yet he was the one who signed Soldado, Janssen and Llorente ??? Comments about trophies and the squad he made lately? What an embarrassment!!! Fat arrogant clown is losing it!!! How deluded you must be to think that you are going to win the @ChampionsLeague or @premierleague ?
— Wloch Family (@WlochFamily) January 30, 2019
Hes not convinced by anyone recently
— Philip Morris (@PhilipJonMorris) January 30, 2019
How could he not improve Spurs he’s an amazing talent and would be the perfect replacement for Dembele!
— Tyler Barella ??????? ?? ?? (@MarioBarella) January 30, 2019
Could have got him on loan. If he doesn’t fit in then Poch could have just not played him. What’s the risk in that?
— Denilson (@icentricAPI) January 30, 2019