Tottenham offered Southampton £20m plus their choice of either Andros Townsend or Erik Lamela in exchange for midfielder Victor Wanyama, an offer that was refused by the south-coast side according to the London Evening Standard.
White Hart Lane boss Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed a busy summer transfer window and managed to offload a swathe of under-performing talents, but saw his North London side fail in moves for top targets.
Spurs failed with a number of bids for West Brom forward Saido Berahino (via BBC Sport) and the London Evening Standard claims that the Premier League side were also interested in Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.
Pochettino had cleared out a fair few midfielders over the summer with Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue all leaving and as such, space was made for a signing such as that of Victor Wanyama.
Tottenham have started the 2015/16 season poorly and are still without a win after four games, having lost their opening weekend fixture with Man United before collecting three successive draws.
Southampton was clearly unwilling to sell 24-year-old Kenyan international Wanyama having already seen a host of star performers leave St Mary’s over the past three transfer windows.