Clinton Njie confirms Arsenal approach before joining Tottenham

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Tottenham's newest signing Clinton Njie has confirmed that he received a late approach from Arsenal but had already decided his future was at White Hart Lane.

The young striker was confirmed as Tottenham's third signing of the summer after agreeing a £12million transfer from Ligue 1 club Lyon.

Njie will come in as a direct replacement for Roberto Soldado, who joined Villarreal last week in a £10m deal. Emmanuel Adebayor is also expected to leave White Hart Lane soon.


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But Arsenal did their best to hijack Tottenham's pursuit of the 22-year-old with the player confirming that the Gunners contacted his agent.

However, Njie had no interest in talking to Tottenham's north London rivals, insisting his mind was already made up.

“I was never scared that my transfer to Tottenham would not be confirmed,” Njie told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“I never spoke to Arsenal representatives on the phone, they simply contacted my agent. My choice was made, I was determined to join Tottenham.”


Tottenham's reported £12m outlay seems heavy considering Njie's less than impressive goal return for Lyon last season. The Cameroonian scored seven goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season but also provided an impressive seven assists.

Considering it was his breakthrough season in the Lyon first-team, Njie showed plenty of potential and is likely to bring more to the squad than Adebayor or Soldado managed.

Not the man for Arsenal

Arsenal fans may have been underwhelmed even if Njie had joined as they are baying for a much bigger name in Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.

The France international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but the feeling from the most respected journalists is that Rafa Benitez will not allow Benzema to leave.

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