Rumoured Spurs target Ntep tells French press he doesn't want to leave Rennes

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Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep says he wants to stay with the French club despite interest from Tottenham.

With rumoured January departures for Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, Tottenham are believed to be in the market for a new winger in the January transfer window.

Red Bull Salzburg's Kevin Kampl was linked with a move to White Hart Lane but signed for Borussia Dortmund instead on Monday, but reports over the weekend suggested that Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep was on Mauricio Pochettino's radar.

Ntep, 22, is a Cameroon-born wide man who has hit nine goals in just 15 games for the French Under-21 side, and was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal this time last year.

Yet in the search of first team football, Ntep chose to leave Auxerre for Rennes instead, and has continued to impress with ten goals in 24 games for the Ligue 1 outfit.

Those exploits have attracted interest from the likes of Everton and Manchester City, but the Sunday People speculated that Tottenham were ready to meet Ntep's £3.5m release clause in a bid to bring him to North London.

However, Ntep has told French media that he has no reason to leave Rennes right now, and is happy to continue playing for Philippe Montanier's side.

"I want to stay in Rennes, I'm happy," said Ntep. "Leaving in-season this means that a player doesn't feel good about the playing time or that the club needs money. This is not the case in Rennes. It's good to continue with Rennes," he added

If Ntep is really that adamant about continuing his development with Rennes, then Spurs will need to look for other wingers in the January transfer window rather than waste their time and effort on Ntep.

It's a blow for Pochettino if he really was interested, but there will no doubt be a number of other wingers available in January as the Argentine seeks to put his stamp on the Spurs side.

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