Later News Jan 10

Spurs approach Spanish, Italian clubs in bid to offload record signing Ndombele


Just over two years after being heralded as the missing piece of the unsolvable puzzle that is Tottenham Hotspur’s trophy haul, Tanguy Ndombele looks set to leave the North London outfit in ignominious fashion.

 

The 25-year-old, who left Lyon to join Spurs in 2019 for a club-record £63m (S$115m), was loudly booed off the pitch by his own fans when he was substituted on the hour mark in his side’s 3-1 win over Morecambe.

 

At that point in time, Spurs trailed the League One outfit 1-0, and were in danger of seeing yet another opportunity to win a trophy disappear as quickly as a one’s 2022 diet plans when Chinese New Year comes around.

 

While it was fortunate for Spurs that they eventually fought back to secure progress to the next round, that the victory was earned in the absence of Ndombele speaks volumes.

 

WATCH: Conte bemoans 'tough period' after Morecambe win

 

The Frenchman further alienated himself from the club’s fans by trudging off the pitch when he was substituted, although based on his performances at Spurs so far, it could be argued that that was his actual top speed.

 

In the post-match press conference, Conte challenged Ndombele to move past the jeers, as he said: “This type of situation, they are in football. You have to be good to change the opinions. I was a player and it happened sometimes to me that someone was unhappy with my performance.

 

“This is our life. It’s OK. We have to continue to work and try to be better next time. We have to know very well that if we perform well, the fans are happy. If you don’t perform well, the fans are not happy.”

 

Reports have now emerged that Spurs held talks with clubs from Spain and Italy to try and fool entice them into signing Ndombele. These discussions allegedly took place even before the match against Morecambe.

 

Ndombele, who still has three-and-a-half years left on his contract, is understood to be content to stay at Spurs, presumably as he does not intend to spend money on a trophy cabinet in the near future.

 

WATCH: The best of Ndombele at Spurs

 

However, he is believed to be open to a move away from Spurs should a suitable offer come his way.

 

Apart from Ndombele, Spurs are also believed to be keen on offloading the underperforming Dele Alli and Matt Doherty.

 

Meanwhile, in the other notable FA Cup game played last evening, record holders Arsenal were dumped out of the competition in the third round by Nottingham Forest.

 

The Gunners, mistaking themselves for their North London neighbours in their all-white kit, promptly went and ‘Spursed’ it up and fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Championship side.

 

WATCH: When Arsenal won a record 14th FA Cup

 

After the game, a furious Mikel Arteta apologised to the Arsenal fans for his team’s abject display.

 

“We were not good enough and we have to apologise for it,” said Arteta. “I don't want to use excuses; I expect the team I put out to do better and when you don't in the cup you are out.

 

“Today showed we were not capable of winning against Forest away from home and didn't put in the level to win the game. It's a collective issue and today we have not done it. What we have done today is nowhere near the level and standards that are required.

 

“It is really hurting. It is a competition that is very related to our history and to get out of it is a big bump.”

 

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