André Villas-Boas found success in Belgian international pair Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembélé during his first season at White Hart Lane.
In recent weeks, Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to two further Belgium internationals – Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and FC Twente's Nacer Chadli.
Last on Wednesday, news broke that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke had handed in a transfer request. The Villans are making it difficult for other sides to purchase their top scorer of last season – pricing their striker at £25 million.
Despite being in England for less than 12 months, Benteke's transfer valuation has more than trebled by this club after signing for a reported £7 million on last summer's transfer deadline day.
Christian Benteke was impressive in scoring 19 goals in 34 Premier League appearances in his debut season – contributing 40% of his club's 47 league goals – a higher percentage than any other player to his team last season. Only Robin van Persie (26), Luis Suárez (23) and Gareth Bale (21) scored more goals than Benteke last season.
The former KRC Genk player has been strongly linked with Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but according to reports, Arsenal and Chelsea have also shown some interest. German side Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to continue their pursuit following the recent arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Tottenham have been looking for another striker for some time now, previously linked to Brazilian Leandro Damião. Last season, Emmanuel Adebayor netted just 5 goals in 25 Premier League games. Jermaine Defoe scored 11 in 34.
A left winger at FC Twente who averages 1 goal in 4 in the Dutch Eredivisie – Tottenham have reportedly had a £6 million bid rejected for the Belgian recently.
FC Twente finished 6th in their league last season, will not be playing European football this season and Chadli had just one year left on his contract – they are being ambitious in thinking they can get £8 million for their Belgian international.
Tottenham now have to decide whether to match the asking price for the 22-year old or successfully negotiate a cheaper deal.
With Gareth Bale being moved into a central attacking player more often last season, Chadli could fill into the position freed up by the Wales international. Clint Demspey and Gylfi Sigurdsson aren't natural left wingers but found themselves playing in that position on a number of occasions last season.
So far this summer, Tottenham have brought in Brazilian international Paulinho for £17 million from Corinthians back in his home country. A goalscorer in a recent friendly with England and twice at the Confederations Cup this summer (versus Japan and Uruguay), Spurs have signed an energetic, goalscoring midfielder.
Both William Gallas and David Bentley have been released by Spurs to free up some wages as Villas-Boas looks to improve on a squad that played very well during his first season at the club and narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification.
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