Report: Spurs and Arsenal face battle to sign talented French forward

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Dom Le Roy

According to a report by Foot Mercato, Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with the representatives of Marseille winger Isaac Lihadji to discuss the possibility of him moving to the club during the January transfer window.

The youngster’s contract with the Ligue 1 club runs out at the end of the current campaign and it is claimed the French outfit fear that they might lose him.

It is revealed that while Marseille have offered Lihadji a new contract, the 17-year-old is reluctant to put pen on paper on a new deal.

The teenager has made two first-team appearances for Marseille this season under former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (transfermarkt). He has also shown promise on the international stage, netting four goals in ten games for France U-18s (HITC).

Apart from the lilywhites, their North London rivals Arsenal along with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, RB Leipzig and Valencia are all thought to be keen on landing the French winger.

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I haven’t watched Lihadji in action but our record when it comes to signing young wingers from Ligue 1 clubs hasn’t been great. Clinton Njie and Georges Kevin-Nkoudou both failed to live up to expectations despite showing promise in France. However, due to the 17-year-old’s contract situation, this move wouldn’t involve a big transfer fee and so won’t come with the same risk.

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