Manager’s plea sparks ‘determined’ January pursuit of Tottenham misfit

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 9:21 - Steve Pearson

Tottenham pair Ben Davies and Ryan Sessesgnon in action in 2021

The manager of Fenerbahce has personally intervened as the Turkish giants plot a January raid for a Tottenham struggler, per a report.

Tottenham have chopped and changed their managers over the past three years. Mauricio Pochettino gave way to Jose Mourinho who was then replaced by fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo. In between, former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason took temporary charge for seven games.

One player whose career has stagnated amid the upheaval is Ryan Sessegnon. The 21-year-old was one of Pochettino’s final signings in 2019, though his development has stalled since moving to north London.

Sessegnon was loaned out to Hoffenheim last year where regular minutes were forthcoming. However, injury issues have disrupted his time back at Tottenham in the current season.

Sessegnon is yet to appear in the Premier League this year. The versatile left-sided attacker clearly has buckets of potential, though prising it out is proving more difficult than Spurs would have initially hoped.

As such, Turkish outlet Takvim highlight another escape route for Sessegnon. They claim Fenerbahce are weighing up a January move for the Englishman.

A fresh start could be just what Sessegnon needs, while a loan deal could ultimately be to Tottenham’s benefit.

The report doesn’t indicate whether a permanent deal or loan move is on Fenerbahce’s agenda. Though given the player’s obvious potential and previous £25m transfer fee, a loan switch seems most likely.

The driver behind Fenerbahce’s interest is apparently their manager, Vitor Pereira. The Portuguese boss’ ‘report’ to his chiefs ultimately led to Sessegnon becoming a genuine target.

Also on Fenerbahce’s shopping list is Everton flop Jean-Philippe Gbamin.


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EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham, West Ham eye imposing goalkeeper

Etienne Green in action for Saint-Etienne

Meanwhile, England Under-21 goalkeeper Etienne Green is being watched by a host of clubs, who are looking to bring him to play in his homeland for the first time in his life, TEAMtalk can reveal.

Green has just signed a big new contract with Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne. The 21-year-old was born in Essex, but at the age of four moved to France with his family and he has come through their footballing system.

However, earlier this year Green opted to switch allegiance to the Three Lions and we can reveal that he was under consideration for a call-up to the senior squad after a series of impressive displays in Ligue 1.

But Gareth Southgate and England are not the only interested parties across the English Channel. Indeed, we can reveal a number of teams are keen.

Tottenham and West Ham are two of the teams who are looking at potential summer 2022 bids for Green – who is an imposing figure at 6ft 4in.

Green is unlikely to come cheap. But at just 21, the potential is huge. And that has not gone unmissed, with both Spurs and West Ham ready to make a move next year.

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