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Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's move to Tottenham Hotspur has been on ice for the last fortnight, with SkySports reporting on July 19 that he was undergoing a medical.
Instead of simply completing the move, the deal has been held up, with Clinton N'Jie potentially moving in the other direction.
Tottenham's Clinton N'Jie during training
The impasse continues, and as time drags on, reports from France suggest relations between the clubs are turning sour.
Le Phoceen report that Tottenham have been concerned by the fact Nkoudou was not participating in training, although Marseille insist this was routine, so to avoid an injury which could scupper a move.
The report states that chairman Daniel Levy who 'loves a deal', then tried to alter terms of the agreement, adding a clause to lower the price if Nkoudou picks up an injury - and then change the percentage of Clinton N'Jie's wages that Tottenham would pay.
Le Phoceen report both of these would be to the detriment of Marseille and favour of Tottenham, and relations are souring.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy
To complicate matters, while N'Jie has been approve for his visa to enter France, he has not actually received it.
A deal could still go through, but there are obstacles to overcome, and it appears the more time drags on, the more uncertain it all is.
Meanwhile reports in the Portuguese press suggesting Tottenham have bid for winger Rafa Silva of Braga could be the club hedging their bets, or even trying to put the pressure on Marseille as they seek to get the deal over the line.
Braga's Rafa Silva in action