Spurs’ bid currently too low but Rennes hopeful of a deal.
Ligue 1 outfit Rennes have confirmed that midfielder Yann M’Vila is closing in on a move to Tottenham – despite interest from Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has long admired M’Vila and was understood to be close to signing the 22-year-old in June.
But the youngster’s poor disciplinary record – highligted when he clashed with French teammates at Euro 2012 – was thought to have put Wenger off a deal.
Alex Song’s imminent departure for Barcelona has led to speculation that Wenger is set to return with a fresh bid for M’Vila but Rennes have confirmed they are in advanced negotiations with Tottenham.
“Yes, we are dealing with Tottenham, the offer is still a bit low, but we are confident,” a spokesperson for the French club told Italian website Calciomercato.
It is understood that the clubs are still someway apart in their valuation of the combative midfielder, with Rennes holding out £17m.
The news comes just days after Spurs head-coach Andre Villas-Boas ruled out a move for M’Vila, telling reporters: “[M’Vila] is an interesting player but I don’t think he will join Tottenham.
“The player is a player of defensive characteristics. We had initial interest in M’Vila but we have moved on from that one and are now looking for a more creative player.”
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