Report: Club snubbed Tottenham swap bid for ‘devastating’ star this month
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Report: Club snubbed Tottenham swap bid for 'devastating' star this month

Tottenham Hotspur attempted to offload Tanguy Ndombele on loan in a bid to sign Franck Kessie at the start of the January transfer window, but The Times reports that AC Milan rejected the offer.

Ndombele looks set to be on his way out this month – if Spurs can find a buyer. He came in for a lot of criticism from supporters as he left the field during Tottenham’s FA Cup tie with Morecambe at the weekend.

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It was reported this week that Antonio Conte had planned to keep Ndombele until the summer at least. He had hoped to find a way to inspire the Frenchman to up his work-rate.

However, that report suggested that Conte is now open to letting Ndombele go. But it would appear that Tottenham have already had a serious go at trying to find a new home for Ndombele.

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The Times reports that Spurs included the 25-year-old in a bid to sign Kessie at the very start of the window. Kessie’s deal with Milan expires at the end of the season. And Tottenham were willing to let Ndombele join the Rossoneri on loan.

However, Milan snubbed the offer.

Tottenham landing Franck Kessie and managing to offload Tanguy Ndombele would have been a potential masterstroke

It is not clear why Milan rejected Tottenham’s offer. It may have been down to the fee Spurs were prepared to pay. But of course, Ndombele’s £200,000-a-week wages would have likely been a factor.

Had Spurs managed to strike a deal, it would have arguably been a potential masterstroke. Kessie is one of the most talented holding midfielders playing in Europe. Antonio Cassano previously labelled him ‘devastating‘.

And an impressive loan spell at San Siro may have increased the likelihood of Tottenham finding a permanent buyer for Ndombele.

Of course, Spurs have probably given up hope of recouping anything like what they spent on Ndombele. But his value has probably never been lower with another manager – and Conte, at that – losing faith.

A loan exit may be the best option in the long run. Sadly, Milan have seemingly passed up an opportunity.

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