Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst has admitted ‘it was serious’ with Tottenham this summer and he was a candidate in their hunt for a striker.

Spurs spent much of this summer searching Europe for a new number nine, with Jose Mourinho desperate to add much-needed competition, and an alternative, to Harry Kane given how much of an issue that has been in recent years for them.

Ultimately they secured a loan deal with Benfica for forward Carlos Vinícius, with the Portuguese side accepting a temporary deal that includes a purchase option should things go well.

Before that, though, Tottenham were linked with a number of different options and Weghorst was one of them.

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That deal never happened thanks to Wolfsburg’s demands, with them asking for €35m for the striker who scored 20 goals on 43 games last season.

That was a fee Tottenham weren’t willing or able to pay at this point in time, but Weghorst says the interest was strong nonetheless.

“I can be honest; of course, I knew that there was interest left and right,” he told Kicker.

“It was serious with Tottenham; I was a candidate. Of course, you are interested in something like that too. It is also a confirmation that I’m on the right track.”

“I’m 28 now, and I’d like to win titles. I made that clear here. I hope,” said Weghorst, “that we improve as a team so that we can possibly do more overall.

“If one day, I have the feeling that I cannot achieve my goals at VfL, then I will say so. That is currently not the case. The Premier League is still a dream of mine.”