Tottenham Hotspur outcast Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has turned down a loan move to German outfit Mainz, according to the French website But! Football Club, as he seeks a return to his native France.

The 23-year-old has endured a dismal two years since leaving Marseille for Spurs in a £11 million deal back in August 2016 and does not seem to feature in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans.

Earlier last week, it was reported that Tottenham had accepted Mainz’s loan offer for the winger but N’Koudou has no interest in moving to the Bundesliga and is hoping to link up with French side Saint-Etienne, who are weighing up offers for either the France Under-21 international or Guingamp’s Yannis Salibur.

Last season saw the 23-year-old made just six appearances for Spurs in all competitions before spending the second half of the campaign on loan at fellow Premier League outfit Burnley.

However, Tottenham wideman N’Koudou failed to secure regular game-time at Turf Moor, making a further eight appearances for the Clarets having been unable to displace Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the starting XI.

Despite the fact that Spurs did not make a single signing during this summer’s transfer window – becoming the first Premier League side in history to do so – it is unlikely that the Frenchman will get many minutes on the pitch, this term.

The likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela all remain ahead of N’Koudou in the pecking order, with Tottenham boss Pochettino unlikely to call upon the winger’s services, despite his positive performances during pre-season.

Spurs have enjoyed a fine start to the current campaign, winning both of their opening Premier League fixtures, with their most recent being a 3-1 victory at home to London rivals Fulham.

Monday night sees Tottenham face an under-performing Manchester United at Old Trafford and Pochettino will be hoping his side can lay down a marker for the upcoming campaign and leave the Theatre of Dreams with all three points.


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