Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have been handed an unlikely transfer chance in the chase for Younes Belhanda, according to reports.
L’Equipe claims that, whilst the Moroccan midfielder has already agreed personal terms with Fenerbache, a transfer fee can’t be agreed with Montpellier and that talks have now stalled between the two parties.
The French publication goes on to claim that Tottenham Hotspur have not ‘advanced’ on their initial interest in the player, but this current Turkish setback could spring manager Andre Villas-Boas into action.
ESPN reported last week that Spurs were keen to bring the player to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window, with a £12million asking price placed on the 17-cap international’s head by club president Louis Nicollin.
Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for the player back in the summer, according to the report, and his arrival in north London would help the club in their pursuit of a Champions League qualifying spot.
However, Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been linked with a move in the past, and manager Arsene Wenger even revealed his admiration for the player back in March.
"I know Younes well and like him a lot. But I don't want to cause problems. Only Montpellier can decide where he goes,” said the Gunners chief, according to ESPN.
Whether the most recent development sparks that Arsenal boss into a move remains to be seen, but the door appears open to the Emirates Stadium outfit if they do wish to pursue their long-term interest.