Report: Tottenham reject significant bid for fringe player, £5m more will seal the deal
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have rejected a £10million bid from Schalke for midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has snubbed the offer from the Bundesliga giants even though Bentaleb is out of the first-team picture at White Hart Lane.
It is said that the London giants are holding out for a fee of £15million for Bentaleb.
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he has 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.
That alerted Schalke who are seeking midfield reinforcements after selling German international Leroy Sane to Manchester City and losing last season’s loanee Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Southampton.
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Sky Sports have claimed on their website that the Serie A giants Lazio are also monitoring Bentaleb but Spurs will only consider permanent offers for the player and not a loan move.
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.
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.
Pochettino has subsequently signed 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, with youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks in the side ahead of him.
He was also omitted from the squad for the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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, their midfielder is being eyed by Premier League rivals amid contract confusion.