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Spurs reject Besiktas bid for Younes Kaboul

Is our Captain Kaboul perhaps staying at Spurs, or is this just Levy being Levy?

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Tottenham Hotspur club captain hasn't played in league matches for Spurs since the loss to Stoke City in November, and hasn't played at all since the Europa League match at Besiktas.  There are rumors that he is no longer in the plans of manager Mauricio Pochettino. This being the transfer window and all, Kaboul has naturally been linked for a move away from Spurs... and ironically to the team he last played against. Comments today from Besiktas' vice president have confirmed interest in the French defender... but indicated that there's perhaps still a ways yet to go on the deal.

"Younes Kaboul was on our shortlist but unfortunately we have not been able to agree on price," said Ahmet Nur Cebi. "I do not see this transfer as being financially viable; we cannot meet the price Tottenham want for him, the only way this deal can go ahead is if we agree on price."

So! Spurs' Europa League group stage opponents really are interested in purchasing our club captain! That's progress. What remains to be seen is whether the comments from Cebi are an indication that Kaboul is really valued too high by Tottenham, or if it's simply the opening salvo in a protracted transfer saga that will eventually result in the Frenchman moving to Turkey.

If the ITK reports are to be believed, Kaboul (along with the rest of his Cabal) are essentially personae non gratae within Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. If accurate, it would therefore surprise nobody to see Kaboul shipped off to Istanbul (not Constantinople) at the earliest possible convenience, and for whatever price they can get for him. That said, this has the feel of a Levy transfer special: nobody can say that he's not perfectly adept at getting the best possible price from his sales.

So don't get depressed over these comments. This is still very much a thing that could happen.