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JOSE KEEN TO £54m OFF­LOAD NDOMBELE

- By IAN LADYMAN Football Edi­tor Sports · Soccer · Soccer Business · Tanguy Ndombele · France · Mauricio Pochettino · Tottenham Hotspur Football Club · José Mourinho · Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. · Juan Foyth · Harry Kane · Almeria · Serge Aurier · Matt Doherty

TOT­TEN­HAM are ready to lis­ten to of­fers for record sign­ing Tan­guy Ndombele a year after pay­ing £54mil­lion for the France star. The mid­fielder was the major sign­ing of Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s fi­nal sum­mer at Tot­ten­ham but failed to im­press and was ultimately side­lined when Jose Mour­inho took over.

Now Sports­mail un­der­stands that Mour­inho is keen to sell the 23-year-old if a buyer can be found. The Spurs man­ager does not be­lieve Ndombele has adapted to the demands of the Premier League and, more im­por­tantly, has doubts over his will­ing­ness to learn.

It re­mains to be seen if Spurs can find a club will­ing to pay enough for them to re­coup a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of last sum­mer’s fee.

That could stand in the way of a deal, par­tic­u­larly as the club try to come to terms with the fi­nan­cial prob­lems caused by the pan­demic. Ndombele is quar­an­tin­ing in France after test­ing pos­i­tive.

Mour­inho will not ex­clude him from his plans when he re­turns but the player will be avail­able un­til the clo­sure of the trans­fer win­dow on Oc­to­ber 5.

Mour­inho is also happy to let full back Serge Aurier go after the pur­chase of Matt Do­herty from Wolves, and there has been in­ter­est from abroad in Ar­gen­tine cen­tral de­fender Juan Foyth.

In terms of sign­ings, Spurs’s pri­or­ity is a cen­tre for­ward as back-up for Harry Kane.

Mour­inho gave thought to Alme­ria’s Dar­win Nunez but de­cided not to pur­sue the Uruguayan striker. Nunez, 21, is now favoured to sign for Brighton.

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