Tottenham Hotspur's £11m move for Marseille forward Georges Kevin-Nkoudou is on the verge of collapse after negotiations between the two clubs broke down. Clinton N'jie was expected to move to the Ligue 1 cub on loan, but Spurs' failure to agree a deal for the French U21 international could see the latter's move blocked.
According to the Guardian, N'jie had received his work permit to play in France and was expected to complete his move in the coming days, which would have allowed Mauricio Pochettino to complete the signing on Nkoudou. Marseille, however, are said to be unhappy with the proposed payment structure by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. It is believed Spurs initial offer of £4.2m ($5.4m) which will eventually reach £11m is said to be short of the Ligue 1 club's valuation of the player.
The 21-year old Marseille forward is said to be in London after completing his Spurs medical, but the clubs are yet to reach an agreement on the fee. According to Sky Sports, talks between the two clubs broke down after Levy tried to renegotiate the deal after the club's hierarchy changed following Vincent Labrune's resignation earlier in the summer.
The new chairman and sporting director are said to be keen to review the deal struck by the previous regime, before sanctioning a move. Pochettino is keen to bolster his forward line further and add to the signing of Vincent Janssen, but according to the Guardian, the north London club are ready to pull out of the deal if Marseille do not accept their current offer.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's head of recruitment Paul Mitchell has confirmed his intention to move on to pastures new despite being contracted to the club until 2017. The 34-year-old joined the north Londoners in 2014 and played a role in bringing the likes of Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld among others.
"I have greatly enjoyed my time at the Club and it will continue to be my sole focus until such time as I move on to new challenges," Mitchell said via a statement on Tottenham's official site.