The Tottenham Hotspur attacker has been linked with Marseille most of the summer.
Tottenham's Clinton Njie
Marseille’s new sporting director Gunter Jacob discussed the club’s continued transfer targets – amid a protracted move to bring Clinton N’Jie in on loan from Tottenham Hotspur reportedly collapsing last night.
The Cameroonian attacker has been linked with a move to Marseille for weeks now, in a deal that would have seen Georges-Kevin N’Koudou head to White Hart Lane in the other direction.
Tottenham's Clinton Njie sat in the stands
But the deal has been held up for some time and speaking about potential further transfers yesterday Jacob is quoted by Le10 Sport as stating:
"We still have a few players in the crosshairs, now we must break the deadlock. Can we expect arrivals before Sunday? It's possible. We know what we want to do, but the time, we cannot know, and it also depends on the outputs.
“It is a matter of budget on one side, departures from the other. I hope there will be, I cannot guarantee it but I'd do anything for there are still some reinforcements for the team before the end of the transfer window.”
Tottenham's Clinton Njie, Joshua Onomah and Kyle Walker during training
It was then reported by Le Phoceen that the deal was off, as both clubs failed to come to terms over a deal that had once looked cast-iron.
It had been reported in France over the weekend that the Spurs forward was in Paris awaiting confirmation of the deal – as it appeared this transfer saga was finally coming to an end.
But he trained with Tottenham as usual this week and is in the plans for Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the game with Everton this weekend with no exit seemingly on the cards.
Tottenham's Clinton Njie during training
Marseille have been struggling to get any deal over the line as the club are currently going through a transition in power.
Jacob's comments last night were clearly preparing the Marseille fans for potential failure to recruit new faces – now it seems that was certainly the case with Clinton N’Jie.