The newspaper claim Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had one conversation with United counterpart Ed Woodward during the window and that was to make enquiries about two Old Trafford players.
The Guardian claim one was Anthony Martial, who Woodward does not want to sell, and the other is an unnamed player at the Manchester club.
Spurs interest in Martial this summer has been well documented but their apparent desire to recruit a second United player has not. The Guardian’s teasing report does not divulge the identity of the other player in Jose Mourinho’s squad, although presumably it was one who Levy and manager Daniel Levy felt could challenge for a first-team spot at White Hart Lane. Martial would have certainly been a fine signing, had Spurs been able to negotiate a deal, with one possible aim a part-exchange for Toby Alderweireld. Mourinho has been highly critical of the 22-year-old this summer, particularly for going AWOL from the pre-season tour of the US, but he is young enough and good enough to be a stellar player for the Premier League giants in the coming years, long after the Portugese’s reign is over. Tottenham are left without quality cover for Harry Kane, and that is the biggest weakness of their squad going in the new season. Martial would have been a perfect solution to that problem.