Sunday 25 February 2018

Spurs in 'advanced talks' with €32m Belgian striker

The 22-year-old has scored 21 goals in 46 appearances for the French club

Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi
Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi

Samuel Stevens

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi in the summer.

The 22-year-old has scored 21 goals in 46 appearances for the French club and was subject to intense speculation linking him with a move to White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.

Despite Marseille’s insistence to the contrary, Belgian international Batshuayi appears likely to join Spurs for €32m (£25m) at the end of the summer, according to the Metro. Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, has been desperate to sign attacking cover for months but failed with a long-term pursuit of West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino.

The Argentine has managed to spearhead a stunning title challenge without securing extra fire-power, however, with the North London outfit just five points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Pochettino wanted to reunite Harry Kane with his former England under-21s strike partner and is waiting for news from the Spurs hierarchy.

Tottenham were prepared to spend up to £23m six months ago but they now believe the moment has been lost. The 22-year-old has been subject to interest from Stoke City and Newcastle United in recent weeks.

(© Independent News Service)

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