Etienne Capoue
Spurs have signed Etienne Capoue and may now be prepared to sell three midfielders. [Reuters]

Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to allow Scott Parker, Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend to leave the club after sealing a deal to sign Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue.

Spurs have already added central midfielder Paulinho and winger Nacer Chadli to their ranks and yesterday it was revealed by Toulouse that a fee of £8.6m had been agreed for Capoue.

The three new midfielders mean Andre Villas-Boas has a wealth of options in midfield and is now prepared to listen to offers for out-of-favour trio Livermore, Parker and Townsend.

The Telegraph report that Spurs will seek a transfer fee of around £8m for Livermore, while any club hoping to sign Townsend will need to part with the best part of £10m.

Livermore struggled to gain regular action last season despite a serious injury to Brazilian midfielder Sandro. The 23 year old made just 11 league appearances and it seems he will be allowed to leave this summer.

His fellow central midfielder Parker is also said to be surplus to requirements as it is unlikely that he would be able to force his way ahead of Sandro, Paulinho or Mousa Dembele.

Townsend could find himself in the same position as Tottenham can now call upon Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale and Chadli in the wide areas.

The 22 year old was sent out on loan to Queens Park Rangers last season and suitably impressed but it is unlikely that the relegated London club would be able to afford Tottenham's asking price.

As well as this trio, reports suggest that left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto could also be sold before the end of the transfer window despite no direct replacement arriving.

Danny Rose has returned from a season long loan at Sunderland, while Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton can also operate at left-back.

The Cameroon international has been heavily linked with away from White Hart Lane this summer and there has been a suggestion that Tottenham could attempt to land Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao as a replacement.