By Tom Blackburn
Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala will leave the club within days and Tottenham are in the running to sign him, according to a report.
French outlet L’Equipe claim that the 25-year-old will be offloaded by the Premier League big hitters on loan with an option to purchase, and that Spurs are one of several clubs interested in the France international.
It is said that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has activated his French contacts to get information on Mangala and his state of mind.
The Argentine has got positive feedback on the centre-back and is tempted to make a bid for a player who is also attracting interest from Napoli, Porto and AC Milan.
ESPN claimed on Friday that the north London club were deliberating whether to make a move for the 25-year-old centre-back before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Mangala has been a disappointment since joining City from Porto for £42million in the summer of 2014, but Pochettino is a fa of the France international.
He has played in 64 encounters during his two-year stay for the club, but he is now believed to be surplus to requirements after being left out of Pep Guardiola’s first four matches in charge.
The cash-rich club have also brought in John Stones for a mega £47.5million fee this summer, pushing Mangala further down the pecking order.
The eight-time capped France international centre-back still has three-years left on his contract and if he were to move to White Hart Lane it looks doubtful that he will jump straight into the first team with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen occupying the starting spots.
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