Tottenham and Arsenal playmaker target edging closer to Turkey switch

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Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda is edging closer to a move to Fenerbahce after the Turkish side’s vice-president confirmed personal terms had been agreed.

Belhanda was the inspiration behind Montpellier’s first ever Ligue 1 title last season, scoring 12 goals and picking up four assists in 28 appearances.

The Moroccan international, currently playing in the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, has previously been linked with a move to Tottenham and Arsenal, but now appears to be on the verge of heading to Fenerbahce despite reports suggesting that the move had broken down.

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has claimed that a move to Fenerbahce would be ‘impossible’ because of the difference between asking price and the offer made by the Turkish club.

It would appear as though the lack of interest from elsewhere has forced Montpellier to lower their valuation of Belhanda however, with Fenerbahce vice-president Abdullah Kigili revealing the two parties are still haggling over a fee with personal terms having already been agreed.

"They'd reduced their original price to €10m [£8.4m] but we've offered them €8m [£6.7m]. We have an agreement with the player himself, now we just have to wait for Montpellier to accept our offer," he told AA.

Arsenal were linked with a move for Belhanda over the summer, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said to be a fan, however their interest in the playmaker appears to have cooled.

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