EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Tottenham are confident of signing Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Leeds United winger Jack Clarke in the next week as they set their sights on a blizzard of new arrivals, Football Insider understands.
The Londoners are close in on the captures of Ndombele, 22, and Clarke, 18, after extensive negotiations in recent days and weeks.
A source with knowledge of Tottenham’s recruitment has told Football Insider that the club are close to agreeing a deal with Lyon worth £55million plus add-ons for Ndombele after a breakthrough yesterday.
Spurs are also on the verge of settling terms with Leeds for rising star Clarke in which they would pay £8.5million up front plus add-ons taking the deal beyond the £10million mark.
Tottenham’s medical staff are primed to put the pair through tests this week as they put the finishing touches to the two transfers.
Clarke, who returned to pre-season training with Leeds on Monday, is set to be first through the door at the club’s Hotspur Way training headquarters in Enfield.
They would provide real statement of intents from the club so early in the window after immense frustration from supporters, and also manager Mauricio Pochettino, at an absence of new arrivals in the two previous windows.
But Tottenham do not intend to stop with the purchases of Ndombele and Clarke, with the club ready to push ahead with further new signings in the next few weeks in what is set to be a stampede of new arrivals.
Manager Pochettino has made it publicly and privately clear that he wants the squad to be refreshed and completely overhauled despite being runners-up in last season’s Champions League.
In other Spurs news, it can be REVEALED that the club have pulled out of the race to sign a top-notch international midfielder.