With the £18m signing of Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen locked down last week, Tottenham have now turned their attention to the wing.
Multiple sources (including the Guardian) have this morning broken the news that Spurs have agreed a fee of €13m to sign Marseille winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou.
The French under-21 international is expected to sign a five-year deal once the formalities of personal terms and a medical are carried out, at which time he will become Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s third signing of the summer.
The report states that a number of English and European clubs, including Bournemouth, Sevilla and Hamburg, were all interested in the player but Marseille have given the 21-year-old permission to finalise a deal with the North London side.
Barring any late complications, he should be a Tottenham player by the middle of this week.
Nkoudou arrived at the Stade Vélodrome from Nantes last summer for a fee of €1.5m. He registered ten goals and five assists in a impressive debut season at the club, though was not able to prevent Marseille from finishing in a highly disappointing 13th place in Ligue 1.
France Football add to the report by revealing that Nkoudou did not necessarily want to leave the club, despite the lure of Champions League football at White Hart Lane, but Marseille’s financial difficulties meant that he had to leave for the good of the club – €13m can be a lot to a side in trouble.
Nkoudou has represented France at every youth level from under-17 to under-21, and is expected to make the senior breakthrough within the next couple of years.
The deal is likely to cast doubt on the Tottenham futures of Clinton N’Jie and Son Heung-Min. Both arrived at the club last summer for a combined total of over £30m (£22m of which went on Son), but neither has made much of an impact for Pochettino’s side.
As such, one of the two may be allowed to leave.