By Tony Hughes
Tottenham will listen to offers for Nabil Bentaleb in the summer and could be ready to cash in for £10million, according to a report.
Bentaleb has made just five Spurs starts in an injury-hit campaign but has slipped down the midfield pecking order when fit.
According to Squawka, the Londoners are ready to offload the 21-year-old if a club meets their £10million asking price.
Bentaleb signed a new five-year deal last summer on vastly improved terms and is said to earn more than Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who have both had outstanding seasons and were named in the PFA Team of the Year this week.
It was a reward for a fine campaign in which the academy graduate had established himself in the centre of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield after building on the good impression he had made since breaking into the team under Tim Sherwood.
However, the Algeria international has been on the fringes this season in which he missed three months with an ankle injury suffered in August and is currently sidelined with knee ligament damage.
Even if he proves his fitness in the final weeks of the season he is unlikely to play after falling behind Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll in the central midfield pecking order.
Pochettino has backed Bentaleb publicly, saying they have a “very good relationship” and challenging him to force his way back into the team.
Speaking in January, the manager said: “We have a lot of midfielders. We keep a very good relationship with Nabil but it’s true that if he works in the next few weeks, he always will have the possibility to show his real quality,” Pochettino said in January.
“It’s about time for him to show he deserves to play. Always it’s about football decisions.”
In other Tottenham news, there has been a twist in the club’s pursuit of new striker.