Mauricio Pochettino is looking to complete his transfer business as early as possible with Tottenham Hotspur close to completing their third summer signing after agreeing a deal with Marseille for the transfer of Georges-Kévin Nkoudou. The France U21 international is expected to arrive in north London in the coming days for his medical before putting pen-to-paper on a five-year deal.
The Guardian reports that the White Hart Lane outfit have agreed a €13m (£10.9m, $14.3m) with the Ligue 1 club, who are said to have given Pochettino's side permission to begin talks with the player's representatives over personal terms. The Argentine manager had made strengthening the offence a priority this summer and Nkoudou will be the second attacking player to arrive following the signing of Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar earlier in the month.
The 21-year-old winger only joined Marseille last summer from FC Nantes and has a contract until 2020, but an impressive showing in Ligue 1 in the previous season saw him attract interest from a number of clubs from across Europe including Sevilla and Premier League rivals Bournemouth. He was reportedly scouted by Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham United, but Tottenham have won the race and are expected to complete the signing in the coming days.
Nkoudou scored 10 goals and provided five assists in 41 appearances in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign. He is likely to start on the bench for Tottenham and provide backup to the likes of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen, who are first choice to occupy the wide positions at the moment.
Meanwhile, the Ligue 1 club are said to be interested in a season-long loan move for Tottenham forward Clinton N'jie, who endured an injury plagued campaign following his move from Lyon last summer. According to the French publication L'equipe, the Ligue 1 club are interested in a temporary move with a view to making it permanent next summer, but the deal will not be part of their ongoing negotiations with Spurs for the transfer of Nkoudou.