Spurs became the first club to go throughout a summer window without signing a single player this transfer window, but it wasn't for lack of trying according to one of their former players, Robbie Keane.
The former Irish striker appeared on Sky Sports for their Tottenham vs Newcastle United coverage. Keane played 238 games for the club and revealed today that he knows of at least four signings they tried to make this summer. When pressed, he confirmed one of those was Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.
Grealish had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League given Villa's notorious financial difficulties as well as Daniel Levy's keen interest. However, a move did not materialise as reports indicated the club, now under new ownership, decided not to sell.
Keane was at Indian club ATK as a player/manager last year but made his punditry debut with that season over. He explained that Spurs were unable to do any business because of the asking prices: "The other clubs out-priced them. One that I know was Grealish." He claimed the other three were from foreign clubs.
Keane went on to praise the squad as it is, although he does not think they are capable of launching a title challenge.
They have big, big players there. They are quite capable of beating anybody. Can they go on and win the league? Probably fall short this year.
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