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L’Equipe: Nkoudou set for €5m transfer to Besiktas

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Is our long national Nmergency is finally over?

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It’s safe to say that the Georges-Kevin Nkoudou experiment hasn’t worked out at Tottenham Hotspur. Three years ago, a protracted transfer saga saw the French winger move from Marseille to Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day, despite the player staying in a London hotel while transfer details got hammered out between the clubs. Now, it looks as though Spurs are shipping him off for whatever they can get for him.

According to L’Equipe (as reported by Sport Witness), Spurs and Besiktas have come to an agreement “in principle” whereby Nkoudou will transfer to the Turkish giants for just €5m, but with a hefty sell-on clause. The report says that the transfer is likely to go through “in the coming hours.”

€5m isn’t a lot — Spurs spent £11m to purchase him from Marseille — but considering that he’s barely made an impact in the team over the past three seasons, it’s at least real and actual money. And there are reports that say the sell-on clause is 50% of the future sale, which is massive. If Nkoudou were to turn his career around, Spurs could potentially reap a secondary windfall if Besiktas ever seek to cash in.

Nkoudou is a fast, tricky winger who has shown moments of excitement — witness the assist for the winning goal against Fulham last season — but he’s clearly not shown Mauricio Pochettino enough to keep him around in the side. Nothing is confirmed yet, but it would be best for all parties if GKN were to move on.