After spending one season at Bologna, Amadou Diawara made a switch to Napoli in 2016 and has started in 19 league games for Gli Azzurri since then.

His limited playing time with the Serie A outfit did not stop him from attracting interest from elsewhere.

According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur are keen and wanted to sign him before the start of the season.

It is claimed the north London club submitted a bid of €38m for the Guinean international, but the Italian club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, turned down the offer made by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Diawara’s contract with his current employer will run out in 2021 and the Napoli chief has set his valuation around €50m.

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The 21-year-old’s preferred position is the holding role in midfield, while he can also play in the centre of the pitch. He could have been an ideal replacement for Mousa Dembele at Tottenham, and there’s a chance Spurs could return for a second try.

Calciomercato suggest they’ll need to hit that €50m figure to get a deal.