Reports: Agent revives talks with Tottenham over winger deal, Levy wants hamstring clause
By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham are edging closer to the signing of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from Marseille after his agent revived talks with the Londoners, according to reports.
French newspaper L’Equipe claimed in its print edition on Tuesday, as cited by the Sun, that winger N’Koudou remains in London while he waits for the green light to complete the £11million move.
The deal has been held up while the two clubs haggle over the specifics of the fee, with L’Equipe reporting that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants a special hamstring clause inserted into the agreement.
It is said that this would mean that Tottenham pay the French club less money if N’Koudou breaks down with a hamstring injury.
The Evening Standard cite reports in France in which they say the player’s agent has restarted negotiations with Spurs officials to secure a breakthrough in the protracted deal.
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear that he is keen to sign N’Koudou, with Clinton N’Jie going the other away as part of a swap deal.
Nkoudou had originally appeared set to complete his protracted transfer to White Hart Lane at the start of August after Cameroon forward Njie received a work permit to move the other way to France on a season-long loan.
Levy and Marseille attempted to renegotiate the offer for Nkoudou, who completed his medical over three weeks ago and has been in London ever since.
N’Koudou, 21, joined Marseille from Nantes during last summer and the winger proved to be one of the signings of the Ligue 1 campaign, scoring 10 goals and providing 5 assists in 41 matches in all competitions.
N’Koudou’s exploits were all the more impressive due to the fact that he was playing for a struggling Marseille side.
N’Jie, who has struggled to break into the Spur side after suffering injuries and mixed form since joining from Lyon last summer, was pictured in training at Tottenham’s Enfield headquarters last week.
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