Tottenham weigh up move for French midfielder

Tottenham Hotspur have submitted a bid for 22-year-old midfielder Yann M’Vila, who Rennes have valued at £15m.

It is understood Spurs have proposed a fee of £12.7m with add-ons, and after M’Vila rejected moves to Zenit St Petersburg and Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham’s bid is the only one on the table at present.  The French international was linked with Arsenal but there has so far been no concrete interest from the Gunners this summer, and reports in France suggest there has also been recent interest from Everton and Newcastle.

M’Vila, who played for Rennes on Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Bastia, hoped to travel to London early this week to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, but the transfer has not developed as swiftly as expected.  If he does join Tottenham it could see Rafael van der Vaart leave White Hart Lane, despite the Dutchman occupying a more advanced position on the pitch. Van der Vaart has been linked with a return to Hamburg, while fellow midfielder Luka Modric joined Spanish champions Real Madrid on Monday. Spurs are further depleted in that area by Scott Parker’s achilles injury, while Tom Huddlestone could join Stoke on loan.