Toulouse President reveals Capoue to Tottenham deal

Tottenham Hotspurs are closing in on their fourth major signing of the summer with Etienne Capoue poised to join the club.

The Toulouse defensive midfielder had looked set for a move to Premier League new boys Cardiff but despite the player agreeing terms and the clubs agreeing a fee the move stalled.

The 24 year old French International now looks set to move to White Hart Lane with the Ligue 1 side’s president Olivier Sadran revealing that the player is moving to London.

Speaking to French Radio Station RMC, Sadran is quoting as saying “He will go there” when asked if Capoue would be joining Spurs.

The versatile star, who can also play centre back, scored 7 goals in 34 games last season and will reportedly cost Tottenham 11 million euro with an additional two to be paid in add on’s.

The player has reportedly already agreed terms on a four year deal and is already believed to have passed a medical leaving just the finer details to be ironed out.

The capture of Capoue would become the fourth signing of the summer for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas and follows the signings of Belgian winger Nacer Chandli from FC Twente, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.

The club have so far spent £44 million this summer breaking their transfer record twice in the process and the deal for Capoue would see them break the £50 million mark.

Much of that however looks set to be recouped with Gareth Bale closing in on a world record move, believed to be close in excess of £100 million, to Real Madrid.

The 24 year old has missed much of Spurs’ pre-seasons games this summer with injury but has been named in the Wales squad for the friendly with the Republic of Ireland next week.

Real were given a timely reminder of the talents of the Welsh star with his International manager Chris Coleman maintaining that his star winger will only get better whilst almost removing any potential pressure that the huge transfer fee might cause Bale.

Speaking at the annoucement of his squad for next week friendly Coleman told reporters “He is a quality player, whether he is in the Premier League or anywhere else. He is only 24, and he is only going to get better.”

“We shouldn’t be surprised in football any more. I don’t think it is Gareth’s fault or a player’s fault that a club is willing to pay that type of money as a transfer fee. It is out of the player’s hands.

“The money we are talking about is incredible, but that is not Gareth’s fault. If clubs are willing to pay huge transfer fees and huge salaries, it is up to the clubs. It is not the player’s fault.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.