Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to send Georges-Kévin Nkoudou out on loan in order to make room in his Champions League squad for Erik Lamela, according to The Guardian.
Lamela is finally fit again after a persistent hip injury and UEFA rules mean one of Spurs’ foreign players will have to make way for the striker.
Clubs are permitted to name 17 non-locally trained players in their 25-man senior squad.
Spurs loaned Vincent Janssen to Fenerbahce in the summer, while Lamela was unavailable for selection, but this time there is a potential problem for Pochettino when the squads are resubmitted.
The Guardian say Nkoudou is the player most likely to be sacrificed.
“We are thinking about it – I cannot lie,” Pochettino said ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Burnley.
“We will see what happens regarding ins or outs in January because we need to consider how to provide one place to Érik.
“Will I loan a player out? We are going to consider that. We will see what happens because when January arrives, different players have different ideas, different challenges.
“If we want to provide Érik with a place, we need someone [to go out]. We have time until the end of January.”