Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur see Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou as a 'star in the making' – hence their willingness to continue with the protracted saga surrounding his transfer.
Nkoudou, 21, joined Marseille from Nantes last summer, and was relied upon to bring pace and creatvity following the departures of Andre Ayew, Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin to English clubs.
Now, after hitting five goals and three assists in Ligue 1 last season, Nkoudou appears to be making his own move to the Premier League – but it's taking a little longer than first expected.
As reported by Sky Sports, Tottenham agreed a £10.9m deal to sign Nkoudou three weeks ago, and are throwing in a loan deal for forward Clinton N'Jie in too, but less than a week before the Premier League starts, the deal still hasn't been completed.
It's noted that Marseille's change of presidency, from Vincent Labrune to Giovanni Ciccolunghi, means the deal is being reviewed by the new regime at the Stade Velodrome, with changes requested by the French side.
Nkoudou has already completed his medical with Tottenham, and the deal should be done imminently after a lengthy delay – and Sky Sports' report has shed some light on just why Tottenham have been so willing to wait more than three weeks and counting.
The report claims that Tottenham see Nkoudou as a 'star in the making', and patient chairman Daniel Levy is determined to seal the deal and get the player that manager Mauricio Pochettino wants, rather than panic and turn their attentions elsewhere, with Spurs reduced to watching Nkoudou develop elsewhere in that scenario.
Pochettino has become known for developing young talent, with the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all thriving at White Hart Lane - and clearly, the Argentine believes that Nkoudou will follow suit once his deal is finally done. Spurs fans will be hoping and praying that the pacey winger is worth the wait.
Do you think Spurs are right to wait for Nkoudou, or should they have switched targets by now?