Etienne Capoue
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Etienne Capoue's agent Martha Fischer has criticised Tottenham Hotspur of being too greedy with respect to transfer fees, as he looks to secure a move away from north London for the midfielder.

Napoli are reportedly interested in bringing the 25-year-old to Italy as manager Rafael Benitez wants to bolster his squad. However, the north London club have demands of their own and have asked to let their summer recruit leave before six months since joining the club.

The Daily Mirror's report suggests that the Spurs will allow the player to leave only if the Serie A club are willing to table a bid of £12m.

"The problem is not the player or Napoli – Tottenham just want a lot of money. What they're asking for is absurd. But we are only on January 21, and there is still hope," Fischer explained.

The midfielder is reportedly interested in leaving White Hart Lane after not being given regular first team opportunities since joining the club from Toulouse in August last year. He was part of the seven players brought in for over £100m shelled out in the summer transfer window.

Capoue has made only eight appearances in the league this season. As Sherwood has preferred to give an opportunity to youngster Nabil Bentaleb in the middle of the park, the Frenchman's opportunities of securing a place in the starting 11 has been further diminished.

Since the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas last month, Capoue has been featured in only two matches while the 19-year-old already garnered six appearances while starting in the last three matches in all competitions.

Earlier, The 44-year-old had revealed that he was open to allow players leave during mid-season with Nacer Chadli also reported to be heading for the exit door this month.

Sherwood's side are in contention for the fourth spot in the Premier League with an aim to play in the UEFA Champions League next season. They sit fifth in the table and are level with Liverpool on 43 points who are fourth due to superior goal difference after 22 matches.

Spurs are not in action this weekend due to their elimination from the FA Cup. The north London side will face second placed Manchester City in their next league game on January 29.