The transfer train just keeps on chugging at Tottenham Hotspur as yet another midfielder is set for a transfer away from White Hart Lane, and once again, it looks like newly-promoted Watford will be the beneficiary. The Watford Observer reports that the two clubs have nearly finalized a move that will send French defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli to Vicarage Road.
Stambouli, if the move goes through, would join fellow French midfielder Etienne Capoue, and former Hotspur keeper Gomes on the Hornets as new manager Quique Sanches Flores continues to upgrade his squad ahead of the new Premier League season. The Observer reports that a fee has been agreed, which leaves personal terms and a medical for Stambouli before his transfer is complete.
Previous rumors had a double deal for Stambouli and Capoue for £10m. With Capoue sold to the Hornets for just over £6m that implies a fee of around £4m for Stambouli, but we won't know how accurate that is until the deal is announced.
Stambouli was just signed last summer for a £4.1m fee, but the former Montpellier man only made four starts for Tottenham and quickly fell out of favor with Mauricio Pochettino. This means that if Stambouli goes Spurs will be without a true defensive midfielder and lends credence to the rumors that Spurs are still looking at ways to improve the center of midfield. Signing Stambouli would be another pretty astute signing by Watford, and if both Stambouli and Capoue start they could be looking at a pretty defensively stout midfield for next season.