Arsenal make enquiry for Spurs fringe man – report

Date published: Thursday 21st July 2016 10:50 - Matthew Briggs

Clinton N'Jie (r): Arsenal target

Arsenal have reportedly enquired about Clinton N’Jie, but the surplus-to-requirements Tottenham forward looks set to join Marseille.

French newspaper L’Equipe has reported that Arsene Wenger was interested in the 22-year-old N’Jie, who made just eight Premier League appearances – all as a sub last season. That interest was apparently knocked back by the Spurs hierarchy, who are wary of selling anyone to their north London rivals.

Sol Campbell infamously moved from Tottenham to Arsenal in 2001, but few players have made the switch between the great north London rivals with William Gallas the last man to cross the divide in 2010 when he was released by the Gunners before signing for Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

Any deal Arsenal deal for N’Jie looks unlikely because Marseille have been in talks with Tottenham, while an unnamed French club and La Liga outfit Villarreal are also keen.

However, Marseille are in pole position for the player with Tottenham closing in on an £11million deal to sign OM’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. Neither deal are dependent on each other, although it’s understood Spurs have given the Ligue 1 club first refusal on N’Jie, who failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane.

N’Jie only moved to the Premier League club for £8.3million from Lyon last summer, but the arrival of Vincent Janssen has pushed him further down the pecking order.

Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly willing to listen to offers for Son Hueng-Min, Nacer Chadli and N’Jie this summer and Spurs are open to the prospect of N’Jie heading out on loan for an initial 12 months.

The Cameroon international’s first season with Spurs was disrupted by a medial collateral ligament injury in December and he made just 12 appearances in all competitions.

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