Tottenham tipped to pursue deal for £54m Serie A star

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Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed an excellent transfer window.

The north London club were tasked with significantly upgrading the squad after a season in which the club fell short of expectations.

As a result Spurs moved quickly to bring in the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty, before adding Sergio Reguilon, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius.

But while those six signings were real coups for the club, they almost had another trick up their sleeve.

It was only in January this year that Tottenham reluctantly sold Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.

The midfielder's contract was due to expire at the end of the season and with little indication that he would sign a new deal, the club opted to cash in.

But according to Fabrizio Romano, Spurs were tempted by a summer move to bring Eriksen back to north London after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte.

Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Romano said: "This one I know, Tottenham fans will get crazy but there was a chance to see Christian Eriksen back to Tottenham this summer.

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"On July, it was the start of July, when Inter Milan and Tottenham started to talk about the situation of [Tanguy] Ndombele and Milan Skriniar, it was really complicated from day one.

"In fact Inter didn't sign Ndombele and Tottenham didn't sign Skriniar. But during the first discussions, someone from Tottenham asked if there was the possibility to get Eriksen back on loan.

"Inter immediately said, 'No we won't sell a player on loan after signing him for €20m five months ago.' It was really complicated.

"But Tottenham asked for him, so pay attention for the future I would say.

"If Eriksen is not in Antonio Conte's plans or an important player for him, pay attention to Tottenham because they are still thinking to him."

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Can you imagine if this deal happened?

Signing Christian Eriksen back to Tottenham Hotspur was always going to be a long shot, and in truth, I don't think it was ever really a viable option.

To move back to north London just six months after a pretty controversial exit would have been very weird for all parties.

Spurs would have questioned whether the player really wanted to be there, and Eriksen would be coming back with his tail between his legs.

Valued at £54million, Eriksen needs to get his head down in Milan and focus on establishing himself as part of the team.

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