According to sources contacted by Get French Football News, Olympique Lyonnais have declined to enter discussions with Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé (25) – with the North London side seeking a permanent sale. Spurs are resigned to the idea that in early August they will have to change strategy and accept to loan the player out with an option to buy. Currently Ndombélé’s contract runs until June 2025.
Tottenham are reportedly offering around the player to a series of clubs to take the former Amiens and OL man on a permanent deal, with the Premier League side hopeful about Villareal as a possible destination – as the player is hoping for Champions League football.
Last year Ndombélé was sent out on loan in the second half of the season where he made 11 appearances for Les Gones in Ligue 1, making two assists. This is after he struggled to feature in Antonio Conte’s plans in the Premier League, where the player only made nine appearances and scored one goal. It was reported in May by TF1 that Lyon chose not to trigger the loan-to-buy option for the midfielder – which was valued at €60m. It looks like a second attempt to offer the French side the midfielder has failed – yet a move to Champions League semi-finalists Villareal could be on the cards.