By Harvey Byrne
Nabil Bentaleb is close to joining Lazio after they made an approach to sign him from Tottenham, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Serie A club have asked about signing the Spurs outcast on loan.
Football Insider revealed in July that manager Mauricio Pochettino was ready to sanction the sales of Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Clinton N’Jie, Alex Pritchard, Tom Carroll, Federico Fazio and Michael Vorm.
Fazio and Pritchard have since left the club, with the former leaving for Roma in a loan to buy deal, while Pritchard left for Championship side Norwich.
“The situation is very clear. They are not in my plans and they know,” Pochettino said,” as quoted by the Sun. “I have communicated with them and it was made very clear. It’s not a problem.
“They know the situation and we’ll see what happens.”
Adding further fuel to the fire that the 21-year-old could be departing from the club, the Algeria international has been demoted to the number 42 shirt after wearing the number six jersey last season.
Bentaleb made just five Spurs starts in an injury-hit campaign last season after falling behind Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason even when fit.
Pochettino has subsequently signed Victor Wanyama from former club Southampton to increase the competition for central midfield spots even further and one of the shining lights of the 2014-15 campaign is now set to head out of White Hart Lane.
The Algerian midfielder failed to make the match day squad in Tottenham’s season opener against Everton on the weekend, with youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks in the side ahead of him.
Bentaleb signed a new five-year deal last July on vastly improved terms and is said to earn more than Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who both had outstanding seasons and were named in the PFA Team of the Year.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Derby and Hull have submitted bids for Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin.