Another one bites the dust. AS Monaco took one of Spurs' reported targets off the table today, as they announced that Anthony Martial has pledged his future to the club, signing a new deal through 2019.
L'AS Monaco est heureuse d'annoncer la prolongation du contrat d' @AnthonyMartial jusqu'en 2019 #Martial2019 pic.twitter.com/iWX62uPu30— AS MONACO (@AS_Monaco) June 26, 2015
Spurs were heavily linked to Martial, an exciting young striker who looked like a good support striker to Harry Kane. There were even early reports that indicated that Spurs had agreed personal terms, and even signed the 19-year old Frenchman. So much for that. Now Spurs are still searching for a capable back up to Kane as they continue to try and offload Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado before the start of the new Premier League season.
It's disappointing, but it's sometimes what happens when you're a club at the cusp of the Champions League. The strategy of targeting young, promising, but unproven players sometimes works, but sometimes you strike out. The search continues.