Tottenham Hotspur are ‘not in the equation’ to sign Bordeaux attacking midfielder Malcom this January – according to respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.

Spurs have been linked with a move for the Brazilian winger, who has been impressing in Ligue 1 this season with his performances, goals and assists.

However, despite speculation stating that Tottenham are keeping tabs on Malcom, Balague has suggested that the South American could be on his way to the other side of North London.

“I know for a fact that Malcolm is of interest to Arsenal, but it is not all agreed,” he told Sky Sports.

“Spurs are not in the equation, it had been heard that they were linked to him, and what a signing he will be.

“He is a left-footed player who plays on the right-hand side with a lot of pace, he is very direct, a very good dribbler and very, very fast so we’ll see.”

While the acquisition of a wide player with pace and the ability to beat opponents will be in Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts, missing out on Malcom would and should not be a cause for concern for Tottenham.

Spurs have signed a host of players from French football in the last few years and none of them have worked out, with Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and Clinton N’jie leaving the club as failures, while the verdict is still out on Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.

Although Malcom looks like a talent, the current form of Son Heung-min means that even if Tottenham did break the bank to sign the Brazilian, he would not get a place in the starting XI.

The South Korean showed against Everton what he is capable of again, with the former Bayer Leverkusen man scoring for the fifth home game in a row and providing the penetration and panache that Spurs would have hoped to have acquired if they bought Malcom.

Son’s showings also justify Pochettino’s decision not to move for Ross Barkley, with the summer time enough for Tottenham to add any attacking reinforcements.