epa05629202 Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri (R) in action against Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier (L) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier soccer game between Morocco and the Ivory Coast at the Marrakesh Stadium in Marrakech, Morocco, 12 November 2016. EPA/STR
Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 15:00
Tottenham Hotspur are waiting on Home Office approval to complete the signing of Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier on a five-year deal.
Paris Saint-Germain and Spurs have agreed on a transfer fee of approximately €27million, with the London side beating Manchester United to the right-back’s signature.
Yet Spurs are sweating over international clearance for the Elephants defender, who has a suspended sentence after he assaulted a police officer in Paris last year.
The incident saw him refused entry into the United Kingdom for PSG’s UEFA Champions League clash against Arsenal in November 2016.
Aurier, 24, has launched an appeal against his conviction and Tottenham are waiting to see whether the Home Office will grant him a visa.
The player will hope the issue is wrapped up quickly as he turns his focus to performing for Ivory Coast in their impending 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Gabon.