Report: Tottenham cult hero Benoit Assou-Ekotto set for St Etienne

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The 31-year old has been a free agent since February but could soon be back in employment, according to Le10 Sport.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto had his fair share of ups and downs at White Hart Lane but is still remembered fondly by many fans. He made 155 appearances in his nine years at Tottenham Hotspur and established himself as one of football's mavericks with his admission that the beautiful game was just a job to him, in an interview with The Guardian.

At his peak he was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, combining excellently with Gareth Bale as Spurs pushed for Champions League football.

He found his career at White Hart Lane tanking after Harry Redknapp’s departure, however, and was frozen out by successive managers.

Andre Villas Boas sanctioned the Cameroon international’s loan move to Queens Park Rangers at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, but he failed to impress at Loftus Road.

Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival didn’t improve his fortunes and the defender had no involvement with the first-team squad until his contract cancellation in February.

Reports have emerged on Friday, from Le10 Sportlinking the former Spurs man with a move to St Etienne. The Ligue 1 club are in need of strengthening at left-back after the sale of Franck Tabanou to Swansea last week and Assou-Ekotto is apparently a possible replacement.

If able to re-focus and regain the form of a couple of years ago, the ex-Spurs man can still be a quality full-back and a return to France may be just what's needed for him to redirect the trajectory of his career.

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