The French midfielder said: “Yes he is a friend and I’ve spoke with him about it [joining the club] but I can’t talk about what was said. It is personal”.
Watford have had a bid accepted by the Lilywhites for his services, and the former Montpellier star should be completing his deal at the beginning of this week.
Capoue has excelled in the two pre-season appearances he has made since signing for the Hornets, registering an assist in the 4-0 thrashing of St Albans last week, before being named man of the match in the 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
He has made the move to prove himself in the Premier League again, having struggled with Spurs, and if Stambouli does join up it will be for many of the same reasons. He has never really been given a chance to impress at White Hart Lane, and the chances of playing time are far better with the Hornets.
Watford are slowly building an impressively strong squad, and signing Stambouli will be another step on that path, and Tottenham’s failure with their own players could benefit the newly promoted Premier League side.