Submitted on Wed, 08/30/2017 - 04:23

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs have had their bid for former Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva thrown out.

Spurs reportedly made the move to land the current Olympique Lyonnais man but the move has failed to pull through.

The 27-year old Brazilian right back arrived from South Africa a decade ago alongside his twin brother. Manchester United were forced to buy Rafael as the players were young then, though their original interest was his brother Fabio. Rafael had the better career, stayed at Old Trafford for longer before he moved to France.

Da Silva has top level experience in the league which Coach Mauricio Pochettino hopes to tap into. The manager is hoping to use the player to replace Kyle Walker who moved to Manchester City this summer. The player was impressive last season at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais so the manager feels he can can replicate such when they play at Wembley.

L’Equipe reports that the club made a considerable bid but the Ligue 1 side were not ready to even consider it.

Spurs would likely made an improved offer and try to convince the club to sell Da Silva, who was the only major option aside the aging Christophe Jallet. However after 21-year old Dutchman Kenny Tete joined from Ajax, Lyon might reconsider their stance on the former Red Devils man with the right motivation.

The South American player should provide decent cover in the role for Spurs, which many are concerned might struggle this term as they fail to reinforce. The club is claiming their stadium plans is not affecting their transfer market activity but many seem to think otherwise. There are more games as they would feature in Europe and hope to retain their top tier status in the top flight.

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