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Tottenham star is not at PSG’s level, says respected journalist (Video)

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli appears to be on the brink of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but one French journalist isn’t too impressed.

Ronan Folgoas, who writes for the Le Parisien, has questioned whether the Spur—who the Standard report is on the brink of a move to the Parc des Princes—is up to the level required of Laurent Blanc’s men.

The Franco-Algerian midfielder arrives, ostensibly, as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who completed a transfer back to the Premier League earlier in the month.

Cabaye—who previously featured for Newcastle United—agreed a deal to move to Crystal Palace, prompting a reunion with his former Magpies coach Alan Pardew according to the club’s official website.

Stambouli featured for Montpellier Herault Sport Club before moving to Tottenham, but while he established himself as a competent Ligue 1 competitor, he has failed to convince Folgoas that he can thrive at the reigning French champions.

“We have difficulty to envisage Paris Saint-Germain being strong with Stambouli than with Cabaye,” the journalist began, as reported by Le 10 Sport.

“He had great difficulties at Tottenham last season, where he struggled with the competition,” he continued, “so we have difficulty to see him imposing himself at PSG, playing regularly, and see what he can bring to the table.”

24-year-old Stambouli managed only four Premier League starts under Mauricio Pochettino last season, and while he struggled to impress in the EPL, he thrived in Europa League action, scoring one goal in six continental outings.

“He’s a good Ligue 1 player,” Folgoas continued, “but he wasn’t the name we were thinking about to reinforce the midfield.”

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PSG may also be in the market for another midfield recruit, with veteran Italy international Thiago Motta also having been linked with the exit door.

Speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the 32-year-old has admitted that he is considering his options, and Arsenal have been linked to the former Inter Milan man [Metro].

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