Did Tottenham originally intend Nkoudou as part of double deal?

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille

Chelsea beat Tottenham to the signature of Michy Batshuayi.

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Tottenham Hotspur are closing on the signature of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, with a fee agreed with Marseille and the winger undergoing a medical, report French outlet La Phoceen.

Signing for the North London side was an opportunity he has jumped at after just 12 months at Marseille - and he is not the only player to leave his club this month for the English capital.

Ex-teammate Michy Batshuayi signed for Chelsea, but he so very nearly could have been playing alongside Nkoulou at Spurs.

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Tottenham were keen to sign the Belgian striker, with The Times reporting in early June that they were 'confident' of doing a deal.

SkySports report that Spurs even caught onto Nkoudou while they were scouting Batshuayi, and were impressed by the 21-year-old's performances.

If they can finalise a deal for the young talent, which appears nearly done, it will be an excellent piece of business, but it could have been even better had they secured Batshuayi alongside him.

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi scores their second goalBelgium's Michy Batshuayi scores their second goal

The pair combined effectively for Marseille last season - and Chelsea may have wrecked Tottenham's plan for a double deal.

Given the way Clinton Njie struggled to make an impact last season, having a player alongside him who he knows already could have benefitted Nkoudou.

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Tottenham's interest in Batshuayi ended over his wage demands, and they signed the outstanding Vincent Janssen instead.

Time will tell whether Spurs or Chelsea got the better deal, but Nkoulou and Batshuayi may both have benefitted from being able to continue their partnership.

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