Tottenham Hotspur have rejected a £10 million offer for Nabil Bentaleb from German outfit Schalke, according to The Mirror.
The Algerian midfielder is a product of the White Hart Lane youth academy but has been frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino in recent months.
Initially a first-team regular alongside Ryan Mason, Bentaleb’s perceived carelessness while in possession has cost him a starting berth in North London.
With Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele all in contention for two roles in the heart of Pochettino’s side, Bentaleb is surplus to requirements and has been banished from the squad.
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The latest report suggests that Schalke are interested in the North African battler but have seen their first offer turned down by Daniel Levy and the Premier League club.
Bentaleb looks destined to leave Spurs before the end of August and the suggestion is that the Gelsenkirchen side will come back with an improved offer for him.
Tottenham also have Mason and Tom Carroll in consideration in central midfield and as such the Algerian’s departure will not call for a replacement to be sourced by Pochettino.