Reports: Tottenham make midfielder approach, player has £8.4m release clause
By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham target Yunus Malli has told the North London club that he won’t be interested in a move as he wants to stay in Germany, according to a report.
German website Fussball News claim Tottenham approached Mainz midfielder Malli, 24, but he told them he wanted to continue playing in the Bundesliga.
German newspaper Bild reported earlier this summer that the Turkey international has an £8.4million release clause in his contract.
German sports magazine Kicker then claimed, amid interest from Tottenham, that Malli wasn’t willing to commit his loyalty to Mainz, but it now appears he would only leave for another Bundesliga club.
Malli is a long-term target of Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino and he was even a guest at White Hart Lane last season.
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The versatile midfielder, who played for all of Germany’s youth teams before opting to represent Turkey at senior level, has scored 24 goals and provided 15 assists in 122 appearances for Bundesliga outfit Mainz.
He was in lethal form last season as his side finished above expectations in sixth position, scoring 11 goals from midfield and making another four.
Malli, who has two years left on the contract he signed last summer, has played for Turkey on seven occasions.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have agreed a deal for a 21-year-old worth £6.6million.