Report: Tottenham want Nabil Bentaleb gone permanently; set £12 million pricetag

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

The out-of-favour midfielder will not be allowed to leave on loan.

Tottenham's Nabil BentalebTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

Tottenham are only interested in the permanent sale of Nabil Bentaleb, according to the Daily Mail.

Recent reports had linked the Algerian with loan switches to the likes of Lazio and Benfica but the Mail’s report claims Spurs will reject any such approach and are instead holding out for a £12 million transfer fee.

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with AC Milan's Nigel de JongTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with AC Milan's Nigel de Jong

The 21-year old has swiftly fallen down the pecking order at Spurs after establishing himself as a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge.

A poor start to the last campaign, coupled with injuries and reported attitude issues, led to the young midfielder appearing just 11 times in all competitions and seemingly bringing to an end his long-term prospects at White Hart Lane.

England's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during trainingEngland's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during training

The emergence of Eric Dier, the return to form of Mousa Dembele and the signing of Victor Wanyama have further reduced Bentaleb’s chances of re-establishing himself in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the match

Pochettino has shown that he is ruthless when it comes to shipping out those who don’t fully subscribe to his methods, and his admission that the Algerian is no longer in his plans mean his exit is surely inevitable.

Whether or not Spurs receive £12 million for his services is another matter entirely, and Daniel Levy may well have to compromise on a lower fee if he wants the midfielder off his hands.

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