Mauricio Pochetino and Tottenham Hotspur have competed the signing of Benjamin Stambouli from Montpelier, reports the Daily Mail. The 24 year old will join the North London club as part of a £4.7 million move.
A defensive midfielder, the former France Under-21 star has been brought into the side to strengthen the midfield, and to break up opposition attacks. His age means that he offers a good combination between youth and experience, whilst his price represents decent value.
The player has garnered a reputation for his versatility, after he was fielded as a defensive midfielder, centre-back and full-back for Montpelier last season. As a result of his influential performances last year, Stambouli was also elevated to a role as vice-captain within the club. The French Ligue 1 club are understood to be disappointed to let Stambouli leave, but have not stood in the way of his move.
The player had been close to a deal of similar value to Fiorentina, before Spurs hijacked proceedings. His signing for Pochettino could put to bed the club’s interest in Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin as well. The Tottenham manager had been linked with signing the French international due to the pair’s previous relationship at Southampton. However, the signing of Stambouli would appear to rule out a move for the Saints star.