Tottenham’s deal to complete the signing of 21 year old Marseille winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou will be concluded in the coming days.
The deal is expected to be around the terms initially believed to be worth €13m, with bonuses.
N’Koudou netted five times in 28 appearances during his one season at Marseille, having signed from Nantes last summer.
Clinton N’Jie is set to head the opposite way as a pet of the deal, initially on a season-long loan but with a view to purchasing the player for €7m following its conclusion.
Spurs hold a clause that will ensure they hold a 50% stake in any fee gained from selling the player on.
It is understood that the deal to sign N’Koudou was held up as a result of Spurs efforts to renegotiate the deal following the departure of Marseilles’s President Vincent Labrune, according to Get French Football News (Levy you crafty bastard).
Speaking on the deal just yesterday, Pochettino claimed: “Nkoudou? It’s a rumour, and you know I do not like talking about rumours.
“There are many at this time for different clubs, not just for us.
“I have told you last week, we hope to sign two or three players. Maybe we recruit, maybe not.”
Always one to keep his cards close to his chest.
Despite the manager’s protestations, N’Koudou will in fact sign a five year contract on arrival at the club and will provide substantial competition for the likes of Eriksen and Lamela.
Not seen the youngster in action?
Here’s a taster of just what Spurs have bought – a promising talent with raw technical ability, exceptional pace and a huge amount of potential. Enjoy!
Written by Joe Thomas