In the early half of last week, Tottenham were being strongly linked with a move for the promising Montpelier midfielder Younes Belhanda. The 22 year old Moroccan international was believed to be sizing up a move with a number of Premiership clubs said to be interested.

However, as the January transfer window reaches its halfway point, Montpelier’s club chairman revealed that no such deal is on the horizon at this stage.

“Tottenham’s interest? There has been nothing official as yet, but I would like there to be,” said Louis Nicollin.

“If a good offer arrives, he will leave. We can live without him and he can live without us.”

Nicollin also reacted angrily to Fenerbahce’s offer to pay the fee in three instalments and that may offer a clue as to why no-one is moving on the player.

“Nothing has evolved. They wanted to pay us in three instalments. They can keep their money,” he added.

The Turkish side were looking at £6m down and the remainder in two payments whereas the French club are said to want £10m up front. As promising as Belhanda may be, he’s not Eden Hazard just yet and the fee alone should be enough to kill the transfer.

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