Tottenham Hotspur's latest signing Clinton Njie has revealed he snubbed Arsenal before joining their north London rivals.
The 22-year-old left Olympique Lyonnais and signed a five-year deal with Tottenham on 15 August. His move to England is subject to international clearance and the player receiving a work permit.
According to French publication L'Equipe, the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had made an approach for the Cameroon international.
The Emirates club were in the race in signing Njie after Arsenal made contact with the player's agent. However, the African was determined to join Tottenham as their manager Mauricio Pochettino's reputation of giving a chance to youngsters convinced him to snub the Gunners.
"I was never scared that my transfer to Tottenham would not be confirmed. I never spoke to Arsenal representatives on the phone, they simply contacted my agent. My choice was made, I was determined to join Tottenham," Njie told L'Equipe, as reported by Eurosport.
"Here, I will be working under Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who plays youngsters and allows them to progress."
"On Thursday, after I arrived in London and had my medical tests, he welcomed me, with the president Daniel Levy, to tell me that he hoped I would be available as quickly as possible. When I arrived in Europe, it was an aim and a dream to play one day in the Premier League."
In addition to this, Emmanuel Adebayor's future at the north London club is uncertain. ESPN has claimed the former Manchester City striker is a target for West Ham United. With Soldado's exit and Adebayor's potential departure, Pochettino has only two first choice players in the squad.
The former Southampton manager admitted that Tottenham will be actively looking to bring in another forward before the end of the ongoing transfer window.