Despite selling Mousa Dembele back in January, Spurs have yet to replace the big Belgian in their first team.
While Pochettino has put faith in young Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in central midfield this season, Dembele was a regular starter under the Argentine for five years.
Perhaps the most likely solution to this problem comes in the form of Lyon powerhouse midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, with reports suggesting that Spurs are close to signing him (Sky Sports).
However, some reports are also indicating that Lyon and Spurs are still valuing the player at significantly different prices, which could threaten to drag the deal on (Guardian).
A report from the Manchester Evening News has now claimed that Man City are looking at Atletico’s Rodri as their first choice replacement for Fernandinho.
However, the report also states that Ndombele is also on Pep Guardiola’s radar as a back-up choice after impressing in the Champions League for Lyon against City.
If it comes to a bidding war between City and Spurs, it seems unlikely that the Lilywhites will win.
Spurs Web Opinion:
I want this deal wrapped up in the next few days, Haggling over the price is all part of negotiating a deal, and I have no problem with that. However, there must come a point where Spurs stop lowballing offers and come in with something that Lyon may legitmately accept. If Levy waits long enough for a bidding war to start, Spurs will lose.
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