Transfer roundup: Tottenham’s Georges-Kévin Nkoudou joins Burnley on loan

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Burnley have signed Tottenham’s Georges-Kévin Nkoudou on loan until the end of the season. The France Under-21 international will move to Turf Moor having found his opportunities limited under Mauricio Pochettino.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche and French side Saint-Étienne had shown an interest in signing Nkoudou on a permanent basis but it is understood that Pochettino was keen to retain a player who joined on the final day of the August 2016 transfer window for £9.4m.

“That’s why I have come here, to find football,” Nkoudou said in a statement on Burnley’s website.

“I knew Sean Dyche is a big manager who likes young players and players who go forward, so it suits my character to come here and I am happy to work with him.

“I hope to help the club. If I can, I will. But the last word is with the manager. If he puts me on the pitch I will do everything to help the team go forward. I am ready to play and waiting on the starting blocks. If the manager puts me on the pitch I will to everything on the pitch.”

The 22-year-old has made just nine Premier League appearances for Spurs since then but is yet to start a single league match despite scoring in the Champions League victory over APOEL in December. Pochettino was keen to create a space for fit-again Érik Lamela in his Champions League squad and Nkoudou’s departure means the Argentina international will now be added ahead of their last-16 tie against Juventus.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr has admitted Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa are likely to leave Leicester this month as they search for game time ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Both forwards have been sparsely utilised by Claude Puel since the Frenchman’s arrival at the King Power Stadium, with Musa yet to play a single minute in the Premier League this season.

“I expect these players who are not playing regularly, especially Musa and Iheanacho, to get another club in the same league or elsewhere,” said Rohr on Tuesday. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010