Bas Dost opens up on why he didn’t join Tottenham in summer amid “interest”

Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost has revealed there was interest from Tottenham during the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho's search for another striker was well publicised, with a host of names linked with a move.

Callum Wilson, Josh King, Arkadiusz Milik and Dost himself were all mooted as potential options, before the signing of Benfica’s Carlos Vinicius was confirmed.

25-year-old Vinicius signed a season-long loan deal with Spurs, where he will provide welcome relief to skipper Harry Kane.

But Dost has admitted that the idea of only being a back-up at Spurs wasn’t something that interested him at this point in his career.

He told Bild (via Sport Witness): “I heard from my advisor that [Tottenham] were really there and were interested, but I don’t think it was ever an issue for me to be a regular there, and I just want to play.

“That’s something, but if you look at my career, I’ve never left a club after just one season. Not now either, especially since I’ve only been able to show a little here. I’m far from finished with Eintracht!”

Vinicius could be in line for his Spurs debut this weekend, particularly with growing concerns over the fitness of Kane.

The England captain had to go for a scan on a thigh problem last week, but was still used in the Nations League win over Belgium.

Mourinho has publicly pleaded with Gareth Southgate to not take any unnecessary risks with Kane, who missed a huge chunk of last season with a muscular injury.

Southgate suggested that the player has been given additional rest during the camp and is growing increasingly confident that he will be available for Denmark on Wednesday.

Southgate said: “Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case, so he reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

“He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

“He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

“I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday.”

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