Tottenham Hotspur were strongly dragged into the growing Malcom transfer rumour on Friday, as claims emerged in Brazil of a big offer going in from the London club.

UOL claimed a Tottenham bid of R$138m had been submitted, and that works out to be just over £30m. According to the claims, Bordeaux have outright rejected the amount and are unwilling to sell Malcom during the January transfer window.

Interestingly, UOL stated Tottenham’s offer was for 90% of the player’s rights, which means the club would have to secure the extra percentage from whoever owns it. English football has very tough regulations against third party ownership, and Spurs would need to be sole owners of the player.

L’Equipe cover Malcom’s situation on Saturday, but fail to mention Tottenham at all. It’s Manchester United said to be on the frontline, and it’s reiterated that Bordeaux are not in the mood to sell.

To change things, Tottenham would be to make an offer the French club can’t refuse, and obviously make sure that’s for 100% of the player.

If the claims are correct then it sounds like a perfect scenario for Daniel Levy to try and pressure Bordeaux throughout January.

The Tottenham transfer chief has a fearsome reputation, that’s not all positive, in France for his dealings over several signings including Hugo Lloris and Georges-Kévin N’Koudou.