Tottenham Hotspur reportedly made an enquiry about signing Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in January, but the Foxes immediately dismissed it.
The claim is made by The Times, as noted by The Sun, with Spurs making an approach for the Algerian international, only to be told that he was not available for sale at any price.
Mahrez was integral to Leicester’s Premier League title triumph last season, but along with several of his teammates, they have failed miserably to replicate that form this year.
While they continue to impress in Europe, they sit just a point above the relegation zone after 24 games, and Claudio Ranieri’s side now face a real battle to avoid being dragged in a relegation scrap for the rest of the season.
Part of the problem is the fact that Mahrez has scored just three league goals so far this year compared to 14 at this stage last season.
With the 25-year-old’s influence dwindling, the Foxes have looked less of an attacking threat and coupled with their porous defence, it has led to consistent damaging results.
Leicester will be desperate to see him return to top form sooner rather than later, as evidently by rejecting Spurs’ enquiry, they want him to be a crucial part of their push to climb the table between now and the end of the season.
Whether or not he can respond to that show of faith remains to be seen, while Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino decided not to look elsewhere in the January transfer market and will be content with what he has at his disposal currently.
With their rivals all falling away, Spurs are now seemingly the best bet to push Chelsea for the Premier League title this season but they’ll have to hope that the likes of Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen can chip in and help Harry Kane by sharing the goalscoring burden.