By London correspondent Tony Hughes
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French club Lyon have entered the race to sign Tottenham attacking midfielder Clinton N’Jie, according to a report.
Sky Sports have claimed on their website that N’Jie’s former club Lyon have joined fellow Ligue 1 outfits Marseille and Nice in trying to prise the 22-year-old forward from Spurs.
It is said that discussions remain ongoing over N’Jie’s future, but he could head out on loan if a permanent transfer cannot be agreed.
Football Insider revealed last weekend that Spurs were in advanced talks with Marseille over a loan deal for the attacking midfielder.
A well-placed Tottenham source told Football Insider that N’jie wants to return to France just a year after his move from Lyon.
Marseille president Vincent Labrune has told Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy of his club’s interest in the Cameroon international, who has four years remaining on his contract.
It is understood that a loan with an option of a permanent deal has been discussed between the two sides, but the interest from Lyon and Nice has delayed Marseille’s hopes of swiftly concluding the move.
The 22-year-old joined the White Hart lane club last summer in a deal worth £14million, but has struggled to break into the Premier League side after suffering injuries and mixed form.
He has made 14 appearances but has failed to score a single goal for Spurs after predominantly being used in a wide role.
Tottenham have added another forward to his side this summer in the shape of Holland international Vincent Janssen and it is expected that N’Jie has found himself further down the pecking order at the club.
Levy is also negotiating an incoming deal with Marseille, as the club have agreed a fee of £10.8million for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Jurgen Locadia has revealed he dreams of following in the footsteps of new Spurs signing Vincent Janssen.