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Coutinho turns down Spurs move despite Pochettino call

Philippe Coutinho has seemingly rejected the chance to move to Tottenham on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian international has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp after an unimpressive 18 months, with the former Liverpool midfielder having been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League.

Tottenham were reported to have launched a late move to sign the 27-year-old, approaching the Spanish champions regarding a season-long loan deal.

Sky Sports had reported that Sours boss Mauricio Pochettino had phoned Coutinho in a bid to persuade him to move to North London, having previously worked together at Espanyol.

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Coutinho spent a successful six-month spell at Espanyol in 2012, with Pochettino signing the then 20-year-old on loan from Inter Milan.

However, it seems as though Poch’s attempts to woo the Brazilian have been unsuccessful, with Sky now reporting that Coutinho has turned down the chance to move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs are keen to add an attacking midfielder to their squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline, as uncertainty continues to surround the long-term future of Christian Eriksen.

Last seasons Champions League finalists have also agreed a £66.4m deal with Juventus for Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, although agreeing personal terms will be no easy matter, with Manchester United already pulling out of a deal due to his demands.

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