£3 million Belgian midfielder 'certain to leave' - Tipped for Tottenham or Everton

Could Tottenham Hotpsur or Everton make a move for Junior Malanda, previously linked with Fulham.

The strength in depth of the current generation of Belgian footballers is continuing to look increasingly impressive.

The latest name threatening the break into the senior squad is 18-year-old midfielder Junior Malanda, a defensive midfielder who plays in his homeland at Zulte Waregem.

He has been described as a 'revelation' of this season, playing 37 games for the club as they narrowly missed out on the Jupiler Pro League title, scoring three goals in the process.

He was recently called into Belgium's under-21 squad, and was linked with a deadline day move to Fulham in January, which clearly did not come to fruition.

Now Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade believes the midfielder is 'certain to leave' this summer, another key player who is unlikely to be playing at Zulte Waregem next season - along with Chelsea's Thorgan Hazard who is unlikely to leave.

The paper describe him as a 'certain goer' for this summer, adding the midfielder could cost £3 million and "could still count on the interest from Tottenham and Everton," 

The further twist to the report is that "His manager Patrick De Koster confirms the interest of two 'foreign clubs."

Newcastle, FC Twente, Ajax and Udinese have all been linked with the player, who clearly has a bright future ahead of him and represents a shrewd investment for any club looking to invest in a quality young player.

Keep an eye on the name because this could be one to watch later on this summer.

Would you be happy if your club snapped him up?


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