Even as transfer sagas go, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s move to Tottenham is becoming a little too drawn out for the Lilywhites’ liking.
Marseille accepted a bid for the winger three weeks ago and he subsequently passed a medical around the same time, with Spurs agreeing to let Clinton N’jie go the other way.
However, neither of those deals has actually been completed yet.
That’s because, according to Sky Sports, the resignation of Marseille chief Vincent Labrune has brought about a power shift at the Ligue 1 club, who avoided relegation last season.
To make matters worse, it has been difficult for N’jie – seen by Marseille as N’Koudou’s necessary replacement – to get a work visa in France because the country’s state of emergency has been extended, so the Foreign Office have been slow to deal with his request.
Ultimately, though, those delays have just given Marseille’s owners more thinking time, and it seems now they’re not so sure. A new president and sporting director are in place, while the board has also seen several changes.
That doesn’t mean the swap won’t go ahead and Spurs aren’t likely to give up, but it doesn’t seem there’s much chance of them getting their man in time for the start of the new Premier League season.