Tottenham set to sign Montpeiller midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

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Tottenham are close to securing a deal for Montpeiller midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, reports Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old, who was part of the title winning team in the 2011-12 season, has been linked with a move away from the club, with Swansea also interested in the midfielder. The London club have not commented on the transfer but Montpeiller made an announcement on their website stating that an agreement had been over the transfer fee and the player was due in London for a medical.

New arrival

The Frenchman, who has been part of the Montpeiller squad since 2010, would be Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer as Mauricio Pochettino aims to rebuild his squad after taking over from Tim Sherwood at the end of last season.

Swansea could also miss out on another transfer target. Cedric Bakumbu, who currently plays for Sochaux, is set to decide whether he wants to move to the Premier League or the Bundesliga. The striker has been eager to leave the club after they were relegated for Ligue 1 at the end of last season.

Crystal Palace are also attracting the attention of the 23-year-old, although in it believed that Swansea and Freiburg are the two standout clubs battling for his signature. Reims and Lorient have also been rumoured to be interested in the player if he wants to remain in Ligue 1.


Belgian side Standard Leige have already been turned down by the 23-year-old, with the U21 French international choosing to wait and see if there was another interested clubs before making a decision. However, the striker is expected to make a choice before the transfer window closes and has said that it is between the two Premier League clubs and Freiburg. The striker has been at the club since 2010, making over 100 appearances, scoring 21 times.

Salomon Kalou could also join Bakumbu in the Bundesliga if the 23-year-old decides to move to Germany. The Lille winger has been linked with a move away the club and Hertha Berlin are said to be leading the chase for the former Chelsea man.

In demand

With Wolsfburg and Borussia Monchengladbach also trying to sign the Ivory Coast international, a move across the border looks more likely than a transfer to either Arsenal or Sunderland, who had also shown an interest.

Lille manager Rene Girard says that it is likely that Kalou will move on after two years at the club. The player has also said that he would like a move away, and after Lille failed to qualify for the Champions League, it looks likely that the Ivorian will move onto a new challenge before the close of the transfer window on Monday.

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