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.
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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