Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly optimistic of finding a buyer for unsettled midfielder Tanguy Ndombele up until Monday night prior to the deadline, according to the Evening Standard.
The French international joined the club in 2019 for a club record £53.8m fee from Lyon, but the move has been far from plain sailing due to injuries and ultimately limited game time.
Ndombele asked to leave north London during the summer, following up a similar request he made last season.
The 24-year-old reportedly had a preferred list of destinations he would have liked to have moved to, citing Germany and Spain as his options.
Spurs were actively looking for potential suitors as Spurs chiefs knew they could not have such a valuable asset not playing regularly.
Chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football, Fabio Paratici realised an exit was not possible for Ndombele this summer at least, with the transfer fee and accompanying wages enough to put interested clubs off.
Ndombele’s status was all but confirmed in north London on deadline day, reiterating that any fee would not prise the midfielder away from N17.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is now tasked with the tricky mission of trying to reintegrate Ndombele into the squad, having missed out on pre-season and all of Spurs’ opening fixtures to date.
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Nuno has a tricky task now to get a player, who wanted out of the club, raring to go as the transfer speculation dies down for the coming months. But, he may not be in too much of a rush to do that, in case he disrupts a winning team, which has recorded three consecutive 1-0 wins to start the season. Though, once fatigue and potential injuries occur, we may see Ndombele reintegrated fairly soon.
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