At £10 million Belhanda is relatively cheap compared to other targets, and he is also attainable, with Montpellier struggling in Ligue 1 and eliminated from European football after a disappointing performance in their Champions League group. Belhanda is also a fine player, and has strongly linked with moves to the Premiership in the past, with Liverpool and Arsenal also keen on the Moroccan.
However there a few reasons to suspect that the reports linking Spurs with the player are somewhat flimsy. Firstly Spurs have decent options in Belhanda’s position, and have already agreed a deal to bring Lewis Holtby to the club in the summer with rumours of that arrival being brought forward to January for a nominal fee.
Even if Holtby doesn’t join before the end of January, the German looks a better prospect than the Moroccan and will likely be ahead of him in the pecking order at Spurs in the long term, making a £10 million bid for Belhanda seem unwise.
They have also lined up other targets that would take precedence over Belhanda. Right now deals for Willian and Joao Moutinho look nigh on impossible, but in the summer there’s little doubt that Spurs will go in for those players again, especially if they qualify for the Champions League.
As such, interest from Spurs at this stage is likely to be minimal, and the rumours that have arisen today are likelier to be the result of Montpellier trying to make Fenerbahce meet their demands for the player.
The Turkish club have issued a statement about the situation saying that the move has broken down over the price tag of the player, but with so much time left in the transfer window, it could easily be resurrected, and if Belhanda is linked to other sides in the meantime Fenerbahce might become more willing to pay the £10 million Montpellier are asking for.
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