Report explains why Tottenham linked Ndombele could reject move

(L-R) Houssem Aouar of Lyon celebrates with Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon putting his side 1-0 ahead during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Marseille at the Groupama Stadium on September 23,...

Tottenham are trying to sign Tanguy Ndombele.

Tanguy Ndombele of Olympique Lyonnais battles for possession with Raheem Sterling of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and...

Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of signing Tanguy Ndombele are in the balance.

No club has yet met Lyon's asking price despite Sky Sports reporting this week that Spurs were close to a move.

French outlet Foot01 report Ndombele could choose to stay put at Lyon.


This is because his top priority is to star for France's first team at Euro 2020, and he is placing this above his club ambitions.

This could lead to him deferring his decision for a year, if he is not convinced.

France's midfielder Tanguy Ndombele (R) vies for the ball against Bulgaria's midfielder Yanis Karabelyov (R) during the Euro Under-21 Championship qualifying football match between...

Fortunately for Tottenham they have a strong case, with Moussa Sissoko and Hugo Lloris both stars for Les Bleus.

However both players took their time to settle, and there will be a period of adjustment to English football.

Sissoko even struggled in his first two years under Pochettino despite his experience at Newcastle, and he missed out on the World Cup as a result, having joined the club as a starter at international level.

Ndombele is now a starter for France, and it's understandable if he does not want to upset that.

Staying at Lyon is the safest option. Tottenham will have to persuade him what happens between now and Euro 2020 means a great deal too, starting with another shot at the Champions League.

Tanguy Ndombele of Olympique Lyonnais and Jonathan Ikone of Lille  during the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lille at Parc Olympique on May 5, 2019 in Lyon, France.

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