Lyon manager Hubert Fournier on Tottenham-linked Clinton N'Jie

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The Lyon winger looks set to be the latest talent to swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League.

Lyon manager Hubert Fournier has revealed his disappointment over the imminent departure of Clinton N’Jie.

The Cameroon international is expected to join Spurs this week after the clubs agreed on a £12 million deal - according to the Telegraph - and Fournier has hinted that the offer was simply too good to refuse.

“(Talks are) still well advanced. The sums involved are considerable for a young player like Clinton,” said Fournier, in quotes published by Foot Mercato.

“It is a mixture of satisfaction and disappointment to lose a player who still has significant room for growth. Ideally, one would like to always keep our good players. But the ideal is rarely appropriate.”

“We must adapt. There is an economic reality that affects 19 clubs in France, there is only one who does not have these problems.”

This summer has seen the financial clout of the Premier League on full display once again, with the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester recruiting some of Ligue One’s top talents in Dimitri Payet, Idriss Gueye and N’Golo Kante.

N’Jie looks set to be added to that long list who have made the journey across the channel, and he arguably represents the most exciting of the lot.

At 21 years old, the pacey winger is far from the complete package but his pace, awareness and versatility have seen him dubbed the ‘new Samuel Eto’o’ by some quarters.

His inclusion in the squad to face Stoke City on Saturday would be a welcome boost, but that clash looks like coming too soon with no deal announced as of Thursday morning.

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