Jose Mourinho has made his move to sign Wales defender Joe Rodon – after Manchester United failed to act on Ryan Giggs’ recommendation.
Swansea star Rodon is in talks over an £18million move to Tottenham, although the move will not need to be completed urgently.
Deals between Premier League and EFL clubs can still be done between now and October 16 giving Spurs time to get the deal over the line after entering talks with the Welsh club.
And Rodon’s impending Spurs transfer comes after he was recommended to Manchester United by club legend Giggs.
As reported by the Mirror earlier this summer, Giggs recommended the Welshman to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he did with Daniel James last summer.
United considered acting but a move never materialised despite calls for Solskjaer to strengthen his central defence.
Mourinho, who guided his side to a 6-1 win over former club United at the weekend, has now pounced to sign a player that international boss Giggs has compared to United great Gary Palliser.
“Joe has grown over the last year or so. He is quick. Sometimes you don’t appreciate it,” Giggs previously told The Athletic.
“It was the day after a game and we gave some players running drills, box to box. He was running with someone fast and went past them, effortlessly. I thought, ‘Oh, I hadn’t seen that .’
“It made me think a little bit of Gary Pallister. You don’t think of him as quick but when he got going at his peak, he was.
“When Pally got into the channels, no one out-ran him. So that suits the way I want to play.
“I want my full-backs high, so if central defenders do have to get out wide and cover those positions, they are comfortable.
“In possession, Joe shows composure and he’s a good character. I saw him giving the ball away and being unhappy with himself. I liked that. Bit intense but set standards and if he didn’t keep to them, he wasn’t happy with himself.”