German club FC Schalke, have agreed to take Nabil Bentaleb on a season long loan with the option to buy on a £17m transfer, according to L’Equipe.

The midfielder fell out of favour at Tottenham, despite having an impressive breakthrough season. It was understood at the time that Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, disliked the way the player and his entourage conducted themselves during contract talks. Since then, Bentaleb has spent time training with the Under 21s as well as battling injuries.

On top of this, the emergence of Eric Dier in the holding midfielder role as well as the resurgence of Mousa Dembele has seen the Algerian move quickly down the pecking order, with the likes of Tom Carroll sitting in front of him. The addition of Victor Wanyama this transfer window has further pushed him down the list.

Like most other players would, Bentaleb has since been looking to find a future outside of the North London Club, and it is understood that he is keen to move to the Bundesliga.

However, some sources understand that Tottenham have been reluctant to accept a loan deal, instead wanting something permanent. They will make the exception for Schalke if they receive a firm commitment that the signing will be made permanent next summer.

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