Tottenham turn sights to 10-goal winger, Levy told to stump up 10 times original fee
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham are keeping tabs on Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, according to a report.
French publication La Provence claim the London giants are ready to battle with Everton to sign the France Under-21 international.
It is said that Spurs officials, led by chairman Daniel Levy, will have to pay £11.7million, 10 times N’Koudou’s original fee, to match Marseille’s valuation of the youngster.
The 21-year-old 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.
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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is in the market for an attacking midfielder and is keen on recruiting a young player for the position with the potential to improve.
The Londoners have been strongly linked in recent days with Georginio Wijnaldum but it has been reported that Newcastle are holding out for at least £25million for the Dutchman.
Levy believes the quoted figure is way too high for a player who was recently relegated to the Championship and the club have shortlisted two back-up options as an alternative to Wijnaldum, 25.
Tottenham are also tracking FC Mainz star Yunus Malli. The Turkey international, 24, is a long-term target of Pochettino and he was even a guest at White Hart Lane last season.
Winger Soufiane Boufal, who plays for Lille, is also an option for Tottenham on the back of his fine 2015-16 campaign, in which he scored 11 goals in 29 league games for the club.
Pochettino has already taken his summer spending beyond the £30million mark after signing forward Janssen for £18.8million, and midfield enforcer Wanyama from Southampton for around £12million last month.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a club senior man has agreed personal terms with Euro giants.