He's been mooted to sign a number of Premier League clubs and now he's on the verge of a deal to Spurs. Here's what Lilywhites fans need to know ahead of his impending arrival.
It looked to be another transfer saga that would drag on and on, Tottenham have wanted to sign Yann M’Vila for weeks but were waiting for cash to secure the deal. Spurs are expected to launch a spending spree in the final week of the transfer window now that Luka Modric’s transfer to Real Madrid has been completed. The French midfielder now looks to be cross the channel any day now, but will he be stopping in London or go further up North from King’s Cross?
Spurs latest offer of £13m and various bonuses is currently being negotiated as the French club Rennes hold out for a straight £15m fee for their key player. M’Vila is adamant he wants to play in the Premier League, (he refused generous offers from Zenit St Petersburg and Shaktar Donetsk) and if negotiations with Tottenham fail, he is hardly short on other options. North London rivals Arsenal also shown some interest over the summer but have seem to have gone cold. Everton and Newcastle have been other clubs linked with the holding midfielder, making M’Vila one of the most sought after players in Europe this summer. You can hardly blame their scouts, Yann M’Vila has been a key player for both Rennes and France for the last 2 seasons.
M’Vila is adamant he wants to play in the Premier League.
He was born in France in 1990 with Democratic Republic of Congo origins, at age 14, he was scouted by the Stade Rennais who did not hesitate to invite him into their youth system. There he rapidly grew up as one of the best player of his generation and began to collect trophies : 2007 U18 French champion and 2008 Coupe Gambardella (youth French cup) winner (without conceding a single goal during the tournament and scoring from long distance in the final). The following month, he signed his first professional contract but spent the full 2008-2009 season within the reserve squad. In parallel, he integrated first the French U17 squad then the U19 with the captain armband and then the U21 team.
The following season would be his breakout year – coming on as a substitute in an August league game, M’Vila did enough to warrant a starting spot in the Rennes side a week later. He seized his opportunity, and would not leave the starting eleven until the end of the season. The proof of his achievement was brought by Raymond Domenech who penned him down on a 30 players pre-list before the South African World Cup.
Since then, he has been performing brilliantly week in week out on a consistent basis. He earned his first cap right after the disastrous French performance in South Africa and never left the squad since, often being one of the first names down when Laurent Blanc selects first eleven.
The following [09-10] season would be his breakout year – coming on as a substitute in an August league game, M’Vila did enough to warrant a starting spot in the Rennes side a week later. He seized his opportunity, and would not leave the starting eleven until the end of the season
As a holding midfielder he is a tough tackler with a keen eye and an accurate pass ball forward. He also packs a powerful long range shot that troubles many a keep. M’Vila reminded suitors of his talents by scoring his side’s winner in a 3-2 victory over Bastia on Saturday.
Whether he goes to Tottenham, Everton or Newcastle, the Premier League will shortly add a mature 22 years old midfielder to their footballing staff, Linked to his club until 2015, M’Vila is a rare gem and will surely make a few fans stand on their feet very quickly.
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