Tottenham have reportedly had a £31 million bid rejected for Bordeaux wonderkid Malcom, who has attracted attention of Manchester United as well.

According to The Sun, Tottenham have seen their £31 million bid for Malcom knocked back by Girondins Bordeaux. The Manchester United target has been making headlines, with a lot of top clubs linked with the player. And it seems, Spurs are the first team to convert their interest into a real offer.

Apparently, Manchester United were interested in bringing the Brazilian to their books. With Ibrahimovic’s contract up next summer and Lukaku looking goal-shy recently, Mourinho is in need of fire-power up-front. United are collapsing in the title race, though following last night 2-0 victory over Everton – they have temporarily jumped to 2nd place over Chelsea but having played a game more.

Spending almost £150m in the summer, and with a place in top four in jeopardy as well, Mourinho wouldn’t want a repeat of what happened to him at Chelsea 2 years back.

However, it’s the North London club who has made the first move – which was denied by Bordeaux promptly. Bordeaux rate their young talent highly and are expecting a fee in the region of £50m.

It’s also believed that there is no release clause in place and any move will be a result of mutual understanding between the club and the player.

Despite denying any approach for the U-20 Brazilian International, Tottenham’s case is something very obvious to the prying eyes. Even though Harry Kane has been in tremendous form recently, netting a couple of hat-tricks in back-to-back games vs Burnley and Southampton, there’s not much support from the other end.

Dele Alli has been off track in recent months, and has scored just 1 goal in last 10 games in all competitions. With the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona prying their eyes on the 21-year-old England International, it looks more and more apparent that his days at Tottenham are numbered, and sooner or later Spurs will be embracing themselves for a record bid – one that is sure to eclipse Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid.

Tottenham sit 6th in the EPL standings, albeit with a game in hand. They are placed a point below Arsenal and are 7 points behind the 4th placed Liverpool. A podium finish is a race completed last year itself, however it’s the race to the top 4 which has alerted the clubs, and Tottenham have made their move.

The Brazilian is known for his long-range strikes as well as set-pieces. In addition to 7 strikes this season, he has made a valuable 4 assists in Ligue 1. A combination of explosive pace and trickery, the Brazilian can play across either wings or behind the striker. Goals against St Etienne and Lyon this season are as stunning as it can get.

Signed for a paltry €5m from Corinthians in January 2016, the Brazilian’s value has sky-rocketed. Contracted until 2021, Bordeaux are under no hurry to sell their star player. It’s Tottenham who would be eager to buy rather than Bordeaux to sell.