Tottenham: N'Koudou deal agreed; bid for midfielder rejected; Newcastle want full-back
Tottenham Hostpur have only made two signings thus far in the transfer window, but if their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace yesterday is anything to go by, they are a pair of very astute deals.
Victor Wanyama grabbed the headlines with the winning goal, a rarity for the Kenyan defensive midfielder, whilst Vincent Janssen also impressed on his first start. A goal was the only thing missing from the Dutchman’s performance, in which he linked up excellently with Harry Kane and had four efforts on goal himself. His display suggests a bright future.
And now Spurs may finally be adding to these two additions, with a deal for Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou finally being agreed, over a month after the Frenchman had his medical at White Hart Lane.
The transfer had appeared to break down after the new board at Marseille expressed their dissatisfaction with the structure of the payments of the £11 million transfer for the young winger, but a new deal has been reached, with Spurs’ Cameroon striker Clinton N’Jie travelling to the South of France on loan in return.
Both Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy will be relieved to finally being close to securing the signing of their man, who is seen by the Argentine manager as a real star of the future.
Possessing oodles of pace and a work ethic that looks to be in perfect harmony with the former Southampton boss’ high energy style, 21-year-old N’Koudou is likely to come in as an option from the bench initially, but certainly adds something different to a Spurs front line which is high on creativity but slightly short on pure speed, the Marseille winger could make a real impact this season.
Spurs may not have signed many players this summer, but Pochettino has managed to keep his squad largely together by letting very few players depart the club. One player, though, who has looked certain to leave is Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, but the Lilywhites have reportedly rejected a £10 million bid from Schalke for the 21-year-old.
Deemed surplus to requirements by Pochettino, it seems bizarre that Spurs are holding out for a higher offer for Bentaleb, demanding that Schalke up their offer to £15 million in order to secure the services of the central midfielder.
Although a tidy and talented midfielder shouldn’t be allowed to depart the club for peanuts, receiving £10 million for a player who will not play this season is surely a massive success for Spurs, especially as they spent just £11 million on starting star Victor Wanyama.
Finally, another name may be leaving the Lane after Newcastle United were linked with the signing of attacking right-back DeAndre Yedlin.
Daryl Janmaat is close to leaving the Championship club, according to reports, and the Magpies have joined a number of clubs, including Hull City, Derby County and rivals Sunderland in expressing interest in a deal which could cost around £4 million.
Yedlin is third choice right-back at Spurs, and unlikely to secure any significant game time this season, making an exit his best option. Joining a top Championship club like Newcastle could be the ideal move for him, seeing as Rafael Benitez’s men will be dominating games, allowing the offensive Yedlin plenty of opportunity to get forward, whilst still enabling him to develop the defensive side of his game. A good move for all.
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