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Done Deals: Crouch back in PL; N’Koudou leaves Spurs again

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Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN today from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

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Peter Crouch is back in the PL after six months in the Championship on the back of Stoke City’s relegation last May. The 38-year-old aerial specialist is set to join Burnley in the Clarets’ own battle against relegation (they sit 17th, four points clear of 18th, with 14 games left to play). Fellow forward Sam Vokes will, in turn, be leaving the club and taking Crouch’s place at the bet365 Stadium.


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s time at Tottenham Hotspur has come to an end, again, as the 23-year-old French winger has joined Monaco on loan until the end of the season. It’s N’Koudou’s second loan spell away from his parent club (he went to Burnley last season), for whom he’s made fewer than a dozen PL appearances since arriving in the summer of 2016.


Aboubakar Kamara did himself no favors in the eyes of Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri when he broke rank and insisted that he be the one to take an 81st-minute penalty kick in a scoreless game against fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield Town. Kamara’s effort was saved, but Fulham would grab a winner in stoppage time. Following a brief banishment from training, Kamara returned to the club’s facilities and was arrested after getting into a fight with a staff member, booked on suspicion of “actual bodily harm and criminal damage.” All of that is to say, the situation was beyond untenable, and Kamara has joined Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor on loan until the end of the season.


Elsewhere in the relegation scrap, Cardiff City have signed Reading right back/winger Leandro Bacuna for an undisclosed fee. Bacuna previously appeared in the PL during part of his four-year spell at Aston Villa. With 14 games left to play, the Bluebirds sit 18th in the PL table, four points adrift of safety.

Vlasic, N’Koudou seal loan deals; Ospina gets Napoli medical

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Two Premier League players are departing their clubs for loan stints elsewhere in Europe, and a third is a medical away from leaving London.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is reportedly undergoing a medical ahead of a move to Serie A powers Napoli.

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The Colombian will have a chance to start after a long-term injury to Napoli’s No. 1, Alex Meret, who was bought from Udinese for nearly $40 million this summer. Pepe Reina left Napoli in the offseason.

The club’s goalkeeping corps also includes ex-Waftford player Orestis Karnezis and 22-year-old Nikita Contini.

Everton’s Nikola Vlasic is leaving Goodison Park for a season with CSKA Moscow. Vlasic, 20, played 19 times for the Toffees last season, scoring twice.

Also on the move is Tottenham’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. The 23-year-old Frenchman is headed to the Bundesliga with Mainz after going on loan to Burnley last season.

Of the three, only Ospina is probable to leave his parent club after the season, with Napoli holding an option to buy the player.

Burnley sign Tottenham winger on loan

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Burnley are intent to keep their push for their highest-ever Premier League finish going and Sean Dyche has signed Georges-Kevin Nkoudou on loan for the rest of the season.

The Clarets have made their first purchase of the January window and have snapped up the former Marseille winger who joined Tottenham in August 2016.

Nkoudou has made just 22 appearances for Spurs since arriving in England but the promising France U-21 international is eager to make his mark in the PL with Burnley.

Speaking to the club website, the man who has made six appearances for Spurs this season as well as scoring in the Champions League against APOEL Nicosia, revealed his spoke to Spurs teammate and former Burnley right back Kieran Trippier about moving to Turf Moor.

“When I spoke with Trippier he told me good things about this club, about the players and everything about Burnley. I am happy to be here, so thank-you Trippier,” Nkoudou said. “I think it’s a big opportunity to play my first minutes this season in the Premier League. Everyone is shocked because Burnley is just after the big six. They have played very well.”

With Johann Berg Gudmundsson playing well out wide, Burnley do not have many other wide options in their team and Nkoudou’s pace will causing problems.

Adding a 21-year-old who is hungry for minutes seems like a very good deal for the Clarets who continue to make smart moves in the transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur sign Nkoudou for $14.4 million

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Tottenham Hotspur have finally completed the signing of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille for $14.4 million.

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Nkoudou, 21, has signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane and he has been training with Spurs since last Thursday while the deal was being completed.

The winger scored 10 goals and added five assists in 41 games for Marseille last season and Clinton N'Jie will head in the opposite direction on loan as part of the deal.

There has been plenty of banter flying around about the protracted nature of Nkoudou’s transfer with the French U21 international spotted in and around north London over the last week or so, but finally Spurs can announce the deal is done.

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Nkoudou is a pacey winger he will conclude Spurs’ summer transfer business after they signed Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen earlier in the window.

Mauricio Pochettino was said to be interested in Wilfried Zaha, Moussa Sissoko and Isco but it looks like this is it for the team who finished third in the Premier League last season and are looking forward to the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Transfer rumor roundup: Fabinho to Man United, N’Koudou to Spurs

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Sunday was not a dry day for the transfer rumor well, even before Duncan Castles’ report that Jose Mourinho had put four Old Trafford regulars on Manchester United’s sell list.

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It wasn’t even the only United transfer rumor of note, as several sources are working on reports that claim Monaco’s Fabinho is ready for a move to Manchester. The 22-year-old right back shares the same agent as Mourinho, and the manager is said to be willing to spend as much as $29 million for Fabinho.


Sky Sports has sources that believe Tottenham is buying Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and have agreed to terms with the French club to the tune of $14.25 million. Spurs declined comment on the story.


Respected newshound Gianluca DiMarzio says Arsenal have taken the next steps in its pursuit of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 23-year-old Argentine has scored 38 goals over the last two Serie A campaigns, and was the league’s top scorer in 2014-15.


Liverpool may want to bring Jeremy Mathieu to England, according to Le Parisien. The 32-year-old French back has been at Barcelona since arriving from Valencia in 2014. He’s made 75 appearances with three goals for the Blaugranas, and would supplement Liverpool’s center back corps.