Memphis Depay signing with Manchester United was the first name, albeit a not unexpected one, to be crossed of of Tottenham's summer shopping list. Since Depay's signings, all signs have pointed toward the signing of Olympique Marseille's Florian Thauvin. With OM missing out on Champions League football, Les Phocéens will find themselves forced to sell a number of their assets.
Now, according to reports in L'Equipe (as reported by Sports Witness, because the story isn't anywhere to be found on L'Equipe's website) OM president Vincent Labrune is in London to negotiate with Daniel Levy over Thauvin's transfer. The young winger has seen his priced slashed of late and may now be available for only €10 million (£7.3 million).
Reading between the lines, I'd say this discounted price is due to Thauvin's being dropped from the starting lineup and replaced with Romain Alessandrini. The French press have, largely, deemed Thauvin a flop at OM, despite the youngster's five goals and four assists. He's failed, largely, because he has not lived up to the media and fan's expectations. That was, of course, until rumors of his behavior in training began to circulate. Current Marseille manager, Marcelo Bielsa, has consistently defended Thauvin from criticism, but now it's been reported that that the two have had some verbal dust-ups both in training and in the dressing room.
Thauvin has already received a lot of criticism for his attitude, despite his obvious talent. Even for a cut-rate price, I'm not sure he's the kind of player Tottenham want to bring into their dressing room, even if he does fill a need at a reasonable price. Teammates Gianelli Imbula and Andre Ayew would make much more sense as targets for Tottenham.