Report: Tottenham Hotspur interested in N'golo Kante, a replacement for Stambouli?

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in midfielder N'golo Kante.

Have Tottenham Hotspur already identified a replacement for Benjamin Stambouli?

French website mercato365 report that Spurs are interested in signing Caen midfielder N'golo Kante.

Kante is a 24-year-old defensive midfielder who is highly rated, and has recently been linked with a number of Premier League sides.

The Mirror reported last month Southampton were tracking him as an alternative to Morgan Schneiderlin, suggesting he could be available for as little as £5 million, while TalkSport claimed Arsenal and Newcastle United are also in the hunt.

Kante helped Caen earn promotion to Ligue 1 in 2013/14, and last season played a key role in them finishing a respectable 13th in the table.

Mercato365 report Spurs face competition from Marseille, who face a battle to hold onto star man Gianelli Imbula this summer.

To add to the intrigue between Spurs and Marseille, it was reported by The Mail that the French side had a loan offer to sign Benjamin Stambouli turned down over the weekend, with Tottenham pushing for a permanent sale instead.

If they can agree a fee with Marseille, then it could take the Ligue 1 challengers out of the running to sign N'golo Kante, who would slot in as a direct replacement for Stambouli in the process.

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