On Thursday, Foot Mercato shocked quite a few by reporting that Tottenham had allegedly bid €25m for OGC Nice’s Alassane Pléa.

The 25-year-old was said to be Mauricio Pochettino’s plan B should Spurs be unable to prise Anthony Martial from Manchester United, and since Ed Woodward doesn’t seem open to his French starlet leaving, an attempt to purchase the backup plan was made.

Expected to leave the south of France this summer, Pléa won’t bring in the €50m in his release clause, but TF1 in France suggest on Friday that Jean-Pierre Rivière, the club’s president, would accept half.

However, the French media outlet, while concurring with Foot Mercato that Tottenham are indeed keen on the Nice forward, refute the information that a bid was made, describing the situation as ‘nothing very precise happening for the time being’.

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With so much time left in the transfer window and neither Pléa nor Martial currently on international duty, it seemed a bit premature for Daniel Levy to put an official bid on the table just yet.

Either way, one thing appears real, and that’s Spurs keeping an eye on the striker’s situation.