Etienne Capoue seeking Tottenham exit

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Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue has hit out at English football - saying it don't understand foreign players.

Capoue joined Tottenham from Toulouse in the summer - but has found first team action hard to come by.

Since Tim Sherwood took over from former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas in December, the French midfielder has started just one game.

He was used as a substitute against Manchester City in mid-week, scoring Tottenham's only goal in a 5-1 defeat.

Napoli are said to be keen on securing Capoue before the close of the transfer window this evening, however Tottenham are said to be holding out for £11.5 million - more than they paid in the summer - which has put the Italian side off.

Capoue himself may have hastened his exit from White Hart Lane after insisting that the reason he wasn't playing more was because English football doesn't know how to deal with foreign players.

'It's hard. I went from undisputed holding midfielder to someone applying to play. This is the first time I saw that," he is quoted as saying.

'I'm not surprised. This is the English mind. They do not know much about foreign players.
'If I do not play, it will be difficult (to be at the World Cup). If something presents itself, we will discuss.'

Capoue could be just one of a number of players leaving Tottenham today, with Lewis Holtby on the verge of joining Fulham.

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