Report: Benfica eye loan move for Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb

Leicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

The Algerian international looks set to leave Spurs this summer.

Tottenham's Nabil BentalebTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb could be heading out on loan to Benfica, according to Portuguese publication Record.

The 21-year old hasn’t travelled with Spurs on their pre-season trip to Australia, with the Mirror reporting that he is among several players who were instructed to stay behind and find another club.

Leicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil BentalebLeicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

It now appears that club could be Portuguese giants Benfica on an initial loan deal and it would be a move that makes sense for all parties.

Bentaleb is undoubtedly talented and enjoyed at excellent 2014-15 campaign at White Hart Lane but fell out of favour last season.

A loan move would allow him to the chance to gain first-team football and either send him back to Spurs revitalised and ready to compete or bump up his price tag for a permanent exit next summer.

Ryan Mason celebrates scoring the first goal for TottenhamRyan Mason celebrates for Tottenham

His departure will probably mean a more prominent role for Ryan Mason in the upcoming season after it had appeared that the England international would be heading for the exit, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Hull City are interested in his services.

Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John StonesNetherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John Stones

Spurs have been proactive in the transfer market this summer and have already addressed key gaps in their squad with the signings of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou looks like being the third arrival and with several players set to depart; the next few weeks are shaping up to be busy at Hotspur Way.

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