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Tottenham Hotspur try to beat Fenerbahçe in race to sign Montpellier's Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda
10:23am Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Sport
Tottenham could seal their third coup of the transfer window by beating Fenerbahçe to the signature of attacking midfielder Younes Belhanda, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.
Chairman Daniel Levy has already pounced to sign young defender Ezekiel Fryers much to the irritation of former club Manchester United, and Lewis Holtby, who seemed more likely to join close rivals Arsenal.
And now the opportunistic Spurs boss could be set to nip in for a third time and seal the signature of Belhanda who is one the hottest properties in Ligue 1, having been named France's Young Player of the Year last season.
The 22-year-old is already thought to have agreed personal terms with Fenerbahçe but the move is stalling because the Turkish club are refusing to meet Montpellier's asking price.
Fenerbahce's vice president Abdullah Kiğılı said yesterday: "We have put our efforts to sign Younes Belhanda on hold, the asking price for Belhanda has risen to an astronomical level.
"We met with Belhanda however, the current price being quoted is too high. We are in talks with a few other players however, will not be revealing any names."
The French champions want £12m for Belhanda but Fenerbahçe only offered half that figure and Spurs have now tried to hijack the transfer with a bid of £8m.
Tottenham are believed to be ready to increase that to £10m plus add-ons to get their man and Levy is confident the Moroccan would happily agree a move to the Premier League.
Head coach Andre Villas-Boas is on the hunt for more attacking options and Belhanda fits the bill, scoring 12 goals last season and notching six already this campaign.