Cardiff to beat North London pair for Toulouse star Capoue

Cardiff City appear to have beaten off interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, having agreed a fee of £8m with the French side after convincing them to sell, according to Metro.

Arsenal and Spurs both had bids rejected back in January for Capoue, who has spent his entire career with Toulouse, who despite previously saying that they expected Capoue to remain with the club for years to come, have now allowed him to speak with newly-promoted Cardiff.

Malky Mackay’s side are hopeful of completing the deal in the coming days, with the two North London clubs unlikely to make a late attempt to prise Capoue away. He would become City’s second summer addition after record signing, Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, 20.

Capoue’s contract is expected is include wages of £65,000 per week, along with a buyout clause, should the Bluebirds be relegated from the Premier League next season. The switch comes after Cardiff missed out on other midfield targets.

They lost to Southampton in the race to sign Victor Wanyama from Celtic, and to Marseille, in their pursuit of Guingamp’s Gilbert Imbula.

Capoue made 38 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals. He also has six caps for France.

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