Spurs fans woke to the news this morning that the club are honing in on the signing of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille.
Tottenham will pay in the region of £10.9m plus bonuses for the pacy left-winger who is also able to play on the right. Reports claim that the deal is 99% done. Mauricio Pochettino is said to have convinced the player to sign over a phone call last week.
The club were linked with Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi for much of the summer and have switched their attention to another of the financially-crippled club’s brightest prospects, after the Belgian striker moved to Chelsea. Spurs fans with long memories may consider this revenge for the pain caused when Marseille raided us in 1989 for Chris Waddle, at a time when we were heading towards bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, Clinton Njie looks set to return to France with a loan move to Marseille that includes an option to buy at the end of the season.
A loan deal for Njie will have surely smoothed the way for the signing of Nkoudou, with Marseille getting the money they need to survive, while also gaining a replacement player who is proven in Ligue 1.
Njie was unfortunate that injuries prevented him from getting much of a chance to establish himself at White Hart Lane last season. Though very raw, Njie showed flashes of quality that suggested that he could have a future in the Premier League.
Yet at a time when the club now have aspirations to win the title and are involved in the Champions League, Njie’s potential has been sacrificed to sign Nkoudou – who Pochettino and his staff clearly consider to be the more finished product. There is clearly little room for sentiment at Tottenham these days, as Pochettino strives to build upon the giant steps already taken.