Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with Ligue 1 club Montpellier to sign midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.
The French club confirmed the deal on their website and it is also claimed that the midfielder will travel to London for his medical in the coming days.
"MHSC and Tottenham Hotspur FC have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of Benjamin Stambouli," a statement on their official site read.
"He will go to London in the next few hours to undergo a medical and finalise his contract."
Mauricio Pochettino has been on the market for a defensive midfielder all through the summer transfer window and was heavily linked with a move for his former club Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
But the Saints were adamant that they will not sell their player, despite his wishes to reunite with the Argentine. Now it seems like Spurs have dropped their interest and moved for his compatriot Stambouli.
Raniere's career ends
The 24-year-old midfielder, who has been at Montpellier since the age of 14, has been one of their key players in the past few seasons.
Stambouli, a defensive midfielder, can also play at centre-back and in the full-back positions.
The arrival of the French midfielder will certainly spell the end of Sandro Raniere's Spurs career, as the midfielder is already behind current first-choice midfielders, Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb and Etienne Capoue.
Meanwhile, Tottenham face Liverpool in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off and Spurs defender Danny Rose expects it to be a tough game.
"It's going to be a difficult game. Liverpool are just coming off the back of a defeat at Manchester City so they'll be coming here trying to win," Rose said, as quoted on Spurs' official site
"But we're in good form, we're scoring goals and we're all looking forward to the game," the English defender added.