Spurs miss out on talented winger, club chief’s cost-cutting blamed

Spurs’ move for Marseille’s Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has collapsed, with reports from Le Phoceen highlighting the Londoners’ chairman, Daniel Levy, for his reluctance to spend as a major factor.

The Lilywhites have been aligned with the 21-year-old for much of the past few weeks, with the delay surrounding his switch across the Channel thought to be a result of Clinton N’Jie’s move in the opposite direction to l’OM.

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However, reports now confirm that Levy’s cost-cutting actions are to blame for Nkoudou remaining in the south of France, with the controversial club chief having reduced an initial €13m (£11.1m) proposal to just €5m (£4.3m) with clauses regarding reduced payments should the wide-man get injured also floated.

It’s understood that the Tottenham big-shot became increasingly edgy regarding the Ligue 1 side’s willingness to push through a move and was wary of paying over the odds for the player.

Le Phoceen also claim that the collapse of the move has not reflected well on head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, who has now left the north London club.

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