Sky: Tottenham close to striking deals for two players
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham’s pursuit of Georges-Kévin N’Koudou from Marseille has been revived as Clinton N’Jie prepares to join the French club, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that a source has told them Spurs are close to striking a deal for N’Koudou to move to White Hart Lane.
This would then allow N’Jie to move the other way as part of any agreement reached in what would be a separate deal.
The transfers had appeared to be off at the end of last month due to boardroom changes at the Ligue 1 club as well as the structure of the payments.
However, 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.
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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.
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 go to Marseille 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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