Much of the transfer news surrounding Tottenham Hotspur this week has been focused on departures, as rumours of players on top of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen coming in have cooled.
Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, announced that Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard have no future at the club, whilst the signing of Janssen has had significant effects on Clinton Njie place as Harry Kane’s backup striker.
The 22-year-old striker was signed by Spurs from French giants Lyon last summer, but now is reportedly on his way to their Ligue 1 rivals Marseille on a season long loan. Young winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is heading to White Hart Lane, so the series of transfers helps restore a degree of parity at least.
However, reports from ESPN suggest that Lyon have not given up hope of bringing their academy graduate back to the Parc Olympique Lyonnaise, but what would be the better move for Njie?
His first season in North London certainly did not go to plan as he made just eight appearances in a Spurs shirt.
Reports suggest the move would be a one-year loan spell with a view to a permanent move, but a strong season in France at either Lyon or Marseille could see Pochettino rethink his quick assessment of the Cameroon international.
Marsielle have endured a reshuffle at the club over the summer with many board members leaving. The Stade Velodrome-based team finished 12th in France’s top flight last season and so would not be able to offer the youngster European football.
However, Njie may see that as a positive, as he could very well be targeting a solely domestic season, especially with his lack of game time last year.
On the other hand, a strong season with Lyon, who finished second last season, in the Champions League is probably more likely to reignite his Tottenham career.
With Spurs set to test themselves in Europe’s most prestigious competition, Pochettino will be seeking players in the years to come that can perform at the highest level.
Meanwhile, former Spurs attacking midfielder, Rafael Van Der Vaart could be on his way to Championship side Reading FC according to reports in the Mirror.
Jaap Stam is currently managing the Royals and is seeking to bring his fellow countryman to the Madejski stadium.
The Dutchman spent two years at White Hart Lane between 2010-2014, making 63 appearances and scoring 24 goals and helped them qualify for the Champions League in the process.
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