Tottenham's deal for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou appears to have broken down.
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The Guardian reported also that the transfer is on the brink of falling through, three weeks after the winger completed a medical at the club.
Protacted negotiations involving Clinton Njie going in the opposite direction and Tottenham changing terms of the deal are all cited as reasons for the deal being off, while the sudden impending exit of head of recruitment Paul Mitchell further clouds the situation.
Tottenham's Clinton Njie during training
Last week it was claimed Nkoudou was still in London by French newspaper La Provence, waiting in a hotel for the transfer to be sealed.
A deal is not officially off, but the situation appears to be heading in that direction, and one way or another Tottenham need to resolve it.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille
Time is ticking on in the transfer window and while Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen are excellent additions, Spurs will want to add at least one more, having come so close, whether it is Nkoudou or an alternative.
Here is a look at how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to the reports...
Is N'Koudou deal really dead? Whole thing seems like a joke. Either get it done or move on and stop fannying around. #THFC— Lily White (@LilyWhite_Lady) August 10, 2016
I sincerely hope Mitchell leaving added to the uncertainty over N'Koudou isn't a result of Levy. It would be very worrying if so. #thfc— Sam Marks (@Quilo) August 10, 2016