Jose Mourinho is preparing yet another raid on French club Lille – this time for £50million-rated midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
When Mourinho arrived at Tottenham in November, he poached two members of the French side’s coaching staff in No 2 Joao Sacramento and goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos.
Now, according to L’equipe, Mourinho will move for the 20-year-old Frenchman next month.
Soumare has played 23 times in all competitions for Lille, fourth in Ligue 1, this season but has not scored. His role is more of a midfield anchor than an advanced position.
Lille manager Christophe Gaultier was unimpressed with Mourinho taking two members of his backroom team.
‘Everyone has their own way of doing things,’ Galtier said in the first press conference he had after the exits, before adopting an ironic tone. ‘But it’s really classy. Really classy to act like that.’
Mourinho has overall enjoyed a positive start since becoming Tottenham manager but endured a disappointing 2-0 defeat by former club Chelsea on Sunday.
The defeat means his team are seventh in the Premier League with 26 points and are now six behind Chelsea, who occupy fourth.
They are next in action on Boxing Day, when they take on Brighton in the early kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.