The club are working to sign Tanguy Ndombele on loan from Tottenham for 22-23

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Young footballers report that Lyon are working to extend Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele on loan for the 2022-23 campaign. They cannot afford the permanent £54.5m clause in his loan deal.

Ndombele, 25, was cleared to join his former club Lyon on loan in the January window – having managed just 10 starts in all competitions previously at Spurs. Antonio Conte found little room for the midfielder.

Indeed, it is a signing that did not go as planned at Spurs. Signed to massive and initially impressive hype under Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine left a few months after Ndombele’s arrival.

Since then, under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Conte, he has struggled to shine. Back at Lyon, he’s back to his previous form and Lyon want to keep him – and are working to land a second loan.

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Ndombele to Lyon: Should Tottenham allow a second loan?

There is no place for Ndombele at Tottenham. Conte enjoys playing with hard-working, defensive midfielders – which has seen Rodrigo Bentancur shine and Harry Winks return to the north London club’s fold.

But should Spurs allow a loan? Or should they seek to find a permanent transfer for Ndombele in order to bring in some money that would allow Fabio Paratici to sign better players? It depends on whether Spurs can find that club.

Realistically, their best chance of selling Ndombele is to reduce the permanent clause on his loan – something more achievable from Lyon’s perspective. Another loan could convince Lyon to spend big.

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