Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be frustrated in his efforts to sign two transfer targets after a falling out between the north Londoners and Southampton, according to Evening Standard journalist Jack Rosser.
Nuno has yet to complete his first signing since being named as Jose Mourinho’s successor last month.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss is keen to improve his options ahead of the new Premier League season and Southampton duo Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard are on his wishlist.
Nuno wants top target Ings – who rejected a new Saints contract earlier this month – to join and play alongside star striker Harry Kane, while Spurs are looking to do a deal for Vestergaard after the Denmark international defender entered the final 12 months of his £60,000-per-week contract.
But it appears Nuno may be unable to welcome either of the Saints stars due to a feud between the south coast club and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy which relates to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s switch to north London from St Mary’s last summer.
Rosser feels Nuno may have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
He exclusively told Football FanCast: “Spurs have got a problem because Saints don’t really like them at the moment.
“They are very assertively saying they don’t want to do business with Tottenham after their dealings with them over Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, so that’s a problem for Ings and Vestergaard.”