Spurs were all set to complete a deal for the 21-year-old when Lyon President casted doubts over the deal, telling the French media that a second English club had also tabled an offer for the player.
“Clinton Njie’s departure is not complete. We have received an offer from another big English club which is complicating things.”
Reports from L’Equipe now have it that the mystery English club was Arsenal.
The reports claim the Gunners had made an eleventh-hour bid to hijack the deal, but Daniel Levy and his team sealed the deal on time, avoiding what would have been a huge embarrassment to the club.
Njie, who came through the youth ranks at Lyon, is highly versatile as he can function as a centre forward or a right or left winger.
With Walcott expected to function primarily as a centre forward for Arsenal this season, another winger would be needed in his place; and with pace and a good eye for goal, Clinton would have fit the bill for the Gunners