Tottenham are claimed to have agreed to loan Etienne Capoue to Real Sociedad, but a deal is far from done.
Tottenham Hotspur are in negotiations with Real Sociedad over the future of Etienne Capoue.
The Sun report that the two clubs have agreed a loan deal for the player, but the deal is being held up by Spurs' demands that the La Liga side buy the Frenchman permanently in the summer.
Capoue started this season in good form for Tottenham, but he has not been a key player in the side as of late.
He started at the weekend in the club's 2-1 loss at home to Leicester City in the FA Cup, but has been overshadowed by the emerging duo of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason, and did not play a part in the stunning 5-3 win at home to Chelsea on New Year's Day. He has 11 Premier League starts for Spurs this season and one as a substitute.
The central midfielder was signed in the summer of 2013 for £9 million, but his current status as still not having established himself as a must-pick midfielder illustrates how Spurs may see him as expendable.
If Capoue is allowed to go, it may mean another midfielder signed the same summer, Paulinho, may stay, despite featuring in far less games than the Frenchman.
It's hard to see Spurs letting both leave considering the importance a large squad will play as they battle to succeed on multiple fronts, although the fact it is just a loan deal reportedly agreed at this point may leave fans wondering what they gain out of letting Capoue leave mid-season.