This week has seen reports that the deal to sign Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is dead, but L’Equipe claim that there is a new proposal on the table.
The French paper has stated that Tottenham will take Nkoudou on a season-long loan deal that includes a buyout clause of £11.2m.
This makes some sense considering that the initial deal is said to have collapsed after Spurs tried to renegotiate the fee, due to Nkoudou’s lack of training while Marseille were trying to sign Clinton Njie from us as a replacement.
The new deal would allow Spurs to take on Nkoudou on a relatively risk-free basis and sign him for a fee that is only slightly higher than was originally agreed. Nkoudou is said to still be in London waiting to sign for the club, which suggests that there is genuine hope that the issues will be ironed out.
There is no word on Njie’s move to Marseille, other than the fact that he is now back in training at Tottenham. Yet if a transfer for Nkoudou can be completed, there seems no reason that his loan – with a compulsory purchase once he’s played a certain number of games – shouldn’t go through.