Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers look set to miss out on Congolese International Tresor Mputu after the striker revealed that Marseille want him more than Spurs or Blackburn.
22-year-old Mputu, who currently plays for TP Mazembe in Congo had been heavily linked with a move to either White Hart Lane or Ewood Park, but the prolific striker has claimed that Marseille have made a firm offer to take him to the Stade Velodrome. Whereas, there were only offers of trials at the Premiership clubs.
“The president of my club [Governor Moise] has told me that Marseille have made a concrete offer for me, not a trial," Mputu explained to skysports.com.
“My agent is saying he has trials in the UK for me, and to be honest my ambition is to play in England - but no English club wants to sign me straightaway.
“And look at Wigan, I think they are paying that price now with [Amr] Zaki of Egypt.
“Marseille want me more than Tottenham and Blackburn. I have had a trial offer from Tottenham for two weeks but the concrete offer from Marseille is more of a deal for my chairman.
“I don't need to prove anything to any experts in African football - but Premier League clubs don't take players from Africa.
“Wigan took a gamble not signing Zaki permanently. I don't know why, as we all knew Zaki is a quality player and has proved himself on this continent.
However, Mputu did also reveal that he would like to come to England one day to ply his trade in the Premier League and disclosed that he is yet to sign a deal with the Ligue 1 team, but reaffirmed that there was a deal on the table from Marseille.
“One day I might come to the Premier League."
"It is not signed yet," he said.
"But the president said he has the concrete offer on the table."