Ndombele completes Lyon loan from Spurs including purchase option

Joe Williams
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele runs

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has completed a loan move to Ligue 1 side Lyon for the remainder of the season.

Lyon confirmed they have paid a fee of 1.42million euros to finalise the deal, which includes an option to make the move permanent.

Ndombele is Tottenham’s club-record signing but has struggled to make a lasting impact in north London.

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There has been speculation for months that Ndombele could be set for a move away from north London after failing to impress under a number of different managers at the club.

Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte have all been unimpressed with the French midfielder, who has regularly found himself out of the starting XI.

Current Spurs boss Conte was asked about Ndombele’s future in a press conference ten days ago and although he didn’t want to give too much away, he did little to deny rumours of Ndombele’s impending departure.

“Honestly, I prefer to speak about this topic always with the club. For sure I made an evaluation about the squad but I have spoken to the club and I hope the club listen to me,” said the Italian.

There had been lots of speculation that Mauricio Pochettino wanted to take him to Paris Saint-Germain, while a report last Wednesday insisted that Valencia had agreed a loan deal until the end of the season.

Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie doubted any potential move to PSG though with Ndombele not proving anything in his time with Spurs.

McAvennie told Football Insider: “There is talk of Ndombele going to PSG. You are having a laugh aren’t you? There is no doubt the boy can play.

“But he’s barely played for two years, you expect him to walk into a dressing room with Messi, Neymar and Mbappe? Has he got the confidence to go and play in that team? Maybe he thinks he does.

“He strikes me as the type of player who has the arrogance to be able to do that. If he goes there and his touch is off, or he’s not quite at it, those boys will let you know.

“But if he does well, maybe Tottenham can finally get rid of him. If anyone can get close to giving Spurs their money back it’s PSG. They are playing a blinder if that comes off.”