Spurs must up Ndombele bid to secure major coup

Tottenham Hotspur are “nowhere close” to the fee demanded by Lyon for midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, per L’Equipe via Sport Witness.

What’s the word?

The France international has emerged as a target for a number of top clubs this summer, with both Juventus and Spurs said to have made a “first offer” for the 22-year-old.

L’Equipe report that Ndombele will be allowed to leave Lyon this summer, despite signing a new five-year contract earlier this season.

The Premier League club are looking to bolster their squad after two transfer windows of inactivity but Lyon are said to be demanding between €80million (£70m) and €100m (£88.2m) for their prized asset.

While Spurs have made an offer for the 22-year-old, it is not close to what the Ligue 1 club are demanding, per the aforementioned report.

Ndombele made 49 appearances in all competitions in 2018-19 and has won a total of four caps for world champions France.

Levy must buck the trend

Spurs very rarely pay such fees for players.

But this is no usual player. Ndombele is perhaps the best young player in the French set-up.

That is no small feat; this is a dynamic, box-to-box midfielder who can pick a defence apart, score, and defend diligently.

He would walk into most top midfields in Europe and a move to Spurs would mark the club out as genuine contenders.

They have reached the Champions League final and are in the top four of the Premier League and now comes the tipping point.

Securing Ndombele’s signature would show that chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino are serious about repeating the feat in coming seasons, instead of their journey to Madrid being a singular miracle.