Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing Brazilian attacker Malcom have been dealt a blow with the latest news coming from France that the 20-year-old will not be leaving this transfer window.
This is according to Bordeaux’s new manager Gus Poyet, who only joined the Ligue 1 side last week following manager’s Jocelyn Gourvennec sacking after the side fell to just above the relegation zone.
And during the Uruguayan’s appointment, the former Spurs midfielder asked the club for assurances regarding the 20-year-old’s future with the club and was informed that Malcom would be remaining in the South of France.
“I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not,” said Poyet in The Sun.
“They said yes. I said: ‘OK, now we can continue the discussion.'”
Football Insider verdict:
It sounds as though Poyet would not have agreed to take the Bordeaux job without knowing the future of the Brazilian who will undoubtedly be needed by the French club if they are going to steer clear of relegation from Ligue 1. Malcom may very well be one of the most sought-after players in the footballing world right now but neither Tottenham nor Arsenal will be getting their hands on him in the immediate future. Despite Bordeaux’s shocking season so far, the Brazilian has still managed to notch up seven goals in 22 outings which is why the forward has attracted so much interest. However, the 20-year-old is still a raw talent and a longer spell in France will give him more of an opportunity to gain experience and develop as a player. This doesn’t spell the end of Tottenham’s move for him though as they could sign him and loan him back for the rest of the season.
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