Arsenal have well received another blow as one of their transfer targets has apparently slipped from their grasp. French club Olympique Lyonnais have deemed Tottenham’s £12m offer for Clinton Njie irresistible and have agreed to let the young striker move to White Hart Lane, so says the Telegraph.
Spurs have only Harry Kane as the club’s only recognised striker as the moment, and boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to add more depth into the attack before the transfer window closes on September 1.
Pochettino had given a hint about the move after the north Londoners’ defeat to Manchester United on Saturday. He said: “I never speak about rumours. If you check in the last few weeks, a lot of names are linked with us.
“But this is private, our target, and I hope it can happen quick. It is very clear that we need to add more players.”
The Cameroonian, who scored 7 league goals for Lyon last season, had been on Arsenal’s radar before Tottenham pounced.
The Gunners are also in need of firepower upfront and have been linked with top, prolific goalscorers including Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani. With the transfer for any of these targets not clicking yet, Arsene Wenger lined up Njie – who has now apparently been snapped up by Spurs.
According to French publication L’Equipe per Metro, Spurs have made their approach official with a bid in excess of €14m, and OL have accepted the offer for Njie to become a Tottenham player.
Matt Spiro, a French football writer, is also reporting that the deal will include €3m worth of add-ons and the forward is on his way to London to finalise the negotiations.
Njie is described as a fast, skillful footballer who may well develop into a top striker although he is raw and still unproven at the highest level.
Knowing Wenger is always keen on youths, it could be that the French manager did not make a bid for the soon-to-be 22-year old, with his preference being compatriot and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.