By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham are weighing up a player-plus-cash deal for Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Spurs are ready to offer Nabil Bentaleb to the Championship club as part payment for France international Sissoko.
It is said that Tottenham have rejected a bid of £10million for Bentaleb from Schalke, as they value the 21-year-old outcast at £15million.
They are subsequently hoping to use the 21-year-old as a bargaining tool to sign wantaway Sissoko from Newcastle.
The Chronicle claim Newcastle slapped a huge £35million price tag on Sissoko in the wake of his display in the Euro 2016 final and he has attracted interest from big clubs across Europe.
The Toon’s number seven was the outstanding player for France at Euro 2016 as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final, after emerging as a regular for the runners-up in the tournament’s latter stages.
Sissoko was a mainstay for the Magpies last season, and was named captain by Rafa Benitez for the final matches of the campaign.
In comparison, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he told the 21-year-old Algerian international there is no place for him after the arrival of Victor Wanyama and the emergence of England stars Eric Dier and Dele Alli.
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. He was not played for the club since February.
The Mirror claimed on Saturday that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had rejected a £10million offer from Schalke.
However, there a contradictory reports from French newspaper L’Equipe, who claim Spurs agreed the terms of the transfer with the Bundesliga club following a breakthrough in talks on Tuesday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have opened talks with a rival Premier League club about a central midfielder deal.