Spurs midfielder cuts all ties and heads to Turkey
Tottenham have parted company with Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who has joined Turkish club Besiktas for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has endured a difficult time at Spurs since joining from Marseille in 2016 and his exit has been a long time coming.
He played just 27 matches and never made a Premier League start for Spurs, spending time on loan with Burnley and Monaco, but will now get the chance to get his career back on track with a fresh start at Besiktas.
“It’s now time for me to leave this great club that is Tottenham,” the player posted on Twitter. “Even though our story wasn’t the one I hoped for when I arrived here, I still feel like I learned a lot, as a player and as a man.
“I’ve always tried to give my all for this team and this club, and wish all my team-mates and the staff the very best for this season and the followings. Also a big thanks to the fans who had my back and supported me through the times.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 22, 2019
Spurs spent £11million bringing him to the club three years ago, but it was a move that never worked out and they have spent the past three transfer windows trying to get him off the wage bill.
They have now managed to do it, but have thanked him for his commitment to the club during his time in north London.
“We have reached agreement with Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas for the transfer of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou,” Spurs said in a statement. “We wish ‘GK’ all the best for the future.”
The player’s move to Besiktas is not expected to be the only exit before the end of the European transfer window on September 2 and Spurs look to cut the wage bill even further.
Midfielder Victor Wanyama, another who is available, is reportedly close to joining Belgian side Club Brugge, having fallen down the pecking order at Spurs.
While boss Mauricio Pochettino will sanction those two exits, he will be holding his breath over other members of his squad before the deadline as offers could come in for some players he does not want to lose.
The likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose could all attract interest from European clubs, before the end of the window, a situation Pochettino has said could cause “many problems” for his squad.