German magazine SportBild this week has a feature on the struggles of Hamburg during the recent transfer window. It’s explained that the Bundesliga club assembled a pretty impressive lists of targets which they wanted to recruit, but they’ve been met with repeated failure.

One of the players Hamburg had been trying to sign over the summer was Georges-Kévin N’Koudou. The exciting winger would have added some dynamism and Hamburg knew his club Marseille were in a situation where everyone was pretty much up for sale.

However, Hamburg haven’t been able to please Marseille and the player financially, and as the German club stuttered, Tottenham swooped in. Whilst N’Koudou’s move to Spurs hasn’t been offically confirmed yet, both the French and English press think a deal has been done.

The price is around €13m, which is more expensive for English clubs since the drop of £ against €. Even so, Hamburg couldn’t put a deal together, which only further underlines the Premier League’s strength when it comes to finances.