Three Tottenham midfielders told to find new clubs over next fortnight - report
By Harvey Byrne
Clinton N’jie, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard have all been told by Tottenham to find new clubs after being omitted from the team’s pre-season trip to Australia, according to a report.
ESPN have claimed that the trio have been told to use the next fortnight to find new employers and N’Jie and Bentaleb are understood to have already held talks with clubs on the continent, while Pritchard is believed to be seeking a move that will see him remain in the Premier League.
The trio were left out of the two-match tour of Australia even though they did not feature in tournaments this summer, unlike the nine senior stars, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, who will not be on the trip.
N’jie joined Spurs from Lyon for £14million last summer, but the 22-year-old Cameroon winger made just eight league appearances with all of them coming from the bench in an injury-hit debut season in England.
Former club Lyon are undestood to be in the race to sign Tottenham attacking midfielder Clinton N’Jie with fellow Ligue 1 outfits Nice and Marseille also battling for the quick forward.
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Levy is also negotiating an incoming deal with Marseille, as the club have agreed a fee of £10.8million for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
Algeria international Bentaleb impressed Mauricio Pochettino initially after the Argentine moved to Spurs and the 21-year-old signed a five-year contract just last year.
However, the emergence of Dele Alli and Eric Dier alongside Mousa Dembele’s fine form saw Bentaleb make just two Premier League starts last season, both coming in August and the new signing of Victor Wanyama has made it more difficult for Bentaleb to find a place in the Spurs lineup.
Tottenham reportedly value Bentaleb at £10million.
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Pritchard has returned to the club after an unsuccessful loan spell with West Brom in the second half of last season where he made just two Premier League appearances.
The Englishman signed a new four-year deal with Spurs last summer, but injury has hindered the young midfielder’s progress.
It has been reported that the North Londoners have stamped an £8million price tag on Pritchard and it will take a figure in that region to move him away from White Hart Lane.
Newcastle were eyeing up a move for the playmaker last month and are keen to add to their squad following their relegation to the Championship.
Pochettino is looking to strengthen his side for next season as the north London club look to improve on their third place finish from last season, while also remaining competitive in next season’s Champions League.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have lost the race to sign German attacking midfielder Andre Schurrle.