Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Tanguy Ndombele is set for a move away from Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent deal.
Spurs midfielder Ndombele has spent the second half of this season on loan with Lyon, but the French side are reportedly not prepared to activate the option to buy that was put in the initial loan deal.
Ndombele featured just nine times in the Premier League before making the move to France in January, where he has also not featured regularly – starting just seven times in Ligue 1 – which is further evidence that Lyon may not be interested in keeping him at the club.
As Ndombele will be returning to Spurs at the end of the season, O’Rourke claimed to GiveMeSport that a move away from the club is ‘on the cards’.
He said: “With him coming back and training on his own, it’s far from ideal. So, I think for everybody involved, they would like to get his future sorted, and then a move away from Tottenham is on the cards for Ndombele on a permanent basis.”
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Ndombele has struggled since he made the move to Lyon. He had the 12th-highest average player rating (6.92), the 12th-highest amount of key passes on average per game (0.8), while failing to score in the league, registering just two assists (as per SofaScore). He was described as ‘erratic’ for his performance against West Ham United in the Europa League earlier this season by Get French Football News.
With the poor stats of the midfielder whilst on loan with Lyon, it is almost certain that he will not be signing a permanent deal with the club in the summer, and with Spurs paying £54m for him, they may find it difficult to offload him for a similar price.
Spurs recently qualified for the Champions League, so Antonio Conte may look to bring in some new talent in the summer. Therefore, Ndombele may slip even further down the pecking order and may have to at the very least head out again on loan in the summer.