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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas looking at a double French swoop

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has decided on French midfielders Yann M’Vila and Etienne Copoue as his ideal reinforcements in the middle of the park following the injury sustained by his midfield enforcer Scott Parker.

Yann M’Vila has been in the transfer news all summer and at one time was close to switching clubs from Rennes to none other than Tottenham’s arch-rivals Arsenal. However, with Arsene Wenger deciding to withdraw his interest in the 22 year old because of the player’s poor disciplinary record, a move couldn’t develop.

And with Rennes looking to offload their star player as soon as possible, it is possible that a cut-price deal may be on the cards. However, the Metro reports that M’Vila is reluctant to switch clubs unless assured of a chance to play Champions League football, leaving his potential move to White Hart Lane in jeopardy.

Toulouse midfielder Etienne Copoue, who has been impressive in his performances in the Ligue 1 last season, is also believed to be on AVB’s radar. Copoue would be available for an affordable £10 million, but one really needs to question the need for a defensive midfielder with the club already having Tom Huddlestone and Sandro to fill up that position.

Also, once Scott Parker recovers from injury, he is expected to be pushed straight into the starting eleven. One feels that the two aforementioned French players wouldn’t want to join a club to be bit-part players. Instead they would want assurances of regular first team football, a guarantee that AVB may not grant at the moment.