Two Tottenham Hotspur players are reported to be heading out of White Hart Lane after a very short spell with the Premier League side.
Rafa Benitez bids for Capoue
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is targeting Spurs outcast Etienne Capoue to bring to Serie A in this window. This summer itself, Tottenham bought the French defensive midfielder for a hefty sum of €11m. The 25 year old has managed very little in terms of first team action, having played only 8 premier league matches and it seems as though new manager Tim Sherwood is willing to sell the player who is pretty much surplus to Spurs’ demands.
Capoue has had a more or less turbulent time in London, suffering from an ankle injury early in his time with Spurs which made him kept him out for more than a month. After returning from injury, Villas-Boas made him play as a center back, and Capou, playing out of position, looked in extreme discomfort and put on some terrible performances, notably against Liverpool.
Tim Sherwood’s preferred choice is Nabil Bentaleb in the center of midfield and hence the French player has found himself missing on the sidelines again.
Reports suggest that Napoli have now made a €9m bid for the former Toulouse star. Napoli have apparently already been in contact with the player’s agent Mino Raiola before submitting a bid to Tottenham Hotspur.
Holtby back to Schalke
German newspaper ‘Bild’ reported on Monday night, that Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby looks set to return back to former club, Schalke 04.
Holtby, joined Tottenham a year back but has recently struggled to make a place in the starting 11, his own. The German, who is a huge fan favorite, has struggled with on and off injuries and it is believed that he is not Sherwood’s preferred prospect in the heart of the pitch.
A ‘source’ close to Holtby commented that he will be happy to head back home if a right offer comes in the picture:
Lewis is becoming increasingly frustrated at Tottenham. He fears his face just does not fit and would welcome a move back home if the right offer came along.