Report: Levy offers Etienne Capoue in part-exchange for Giannelli Imbula

Etienne Capoue

Tottenham are reportedly pulling out all the stops to sign Marseille star Giannelli Imbula.

According to The Sun, Tottenham are ready to offer Etienne Capoue in part-exchange for Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula.

Spurs managed a fifth-place finish in Mauricio Pochettino's debut season in charge, and will now be looking to add to their squad this summer in order to really push for the top four next season.

One area that the Argentine may look to strengthen is in midfield, where the likes of Paulinho and Mousa Dembele failed to contribute on a regular basis.

Adding more strength may be on Pochettino's agenda, and The Sun believe that Spurs are subsequently chasing Marseille destroyer Imbula.

The Frenchman, 22, has earned comparisons to former Chelsea star Claude Makelele, but hasn't been capped at international level yet as he can also play for Belgium or DR Congo.

The report states that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is trying to offer fringe player Etienne Capoue in part-exchange for Imbula, with the Frenchman possibly keen to move back to Ligue 1 after struggling since his 2013 move from Toulouse.

However, Marseille are believed to be unsure about such a deal and would much rather take a cash offer of £18m - something Spurs are now considering having failed to convince Marseille that taking Capoue would be a good idea.

Fellow French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli could also be on offer for Marseille, with Levy desperately trying to lower the price for Imbula - so far, to no evail.

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