Reported Spurs target flattered but is focused on staying in France

After being linked with a move to Tottenham, Marseille and Barcelona, Wissam Ben Yedder is flattered, but is focused on staying in France.

As January gets closer, the number of players being linked with a winter move to Tottenham Hotspur grows. One of the earliest targets was Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder, and the 24-year-old France striker is still on the radar for a number of English and European clubs.

The diminutive forward has scored seven goals this season and has been one of the main reasons behind Le Téfécé avoiding a place in the relegation zone.

Alain Casanova’s side have lacked consistency, but the forward has helped them score 21 times this season and can be counted as one of the few players to take any credit from Toulouse poor performances.

Speaking to French magazine So Foot Junior, Ben Yedder was quick to say how flattered he was to be linked with some big clubs, but any winter departure was unlikely.

“It’s flattering to hear your name mentioned with the big clubs, know that they are following you. But Toulouse has given me so much that I want to repay the club’s trust. Today I play for Toulouse and I feel good.”

As well as being linked with a move to Spurs, the Franco-Tunisian has also been watched by both Olympique de Marseille and Barcelona this season.

Ben Yedder’s contract runs until 2017, he may not be looking for a move just yet, but with Toulouse struggling at the bottom end of the table, there will be more and more opportunities for the forward to move on at the end of the season.

Ligue 1 strikers always move on to pastures new, and even if Ben Yedder doesn’t leave France just yet, you can bet other Ligue 1 sides will court his services if they sell on their players this summer.

His profile is not quite right in regards to being the answer to Spurs problems. He is not quite big enough to lead the forward line, and he plays more as a No.10 or 9.5.

However, Ben Yedder is extremely talented and skilful; with the ball at his feet his can be unstoppable when he is in-form. Close control, pace and a wonderful awareness make him a constant threat in and around the box.

He is definitely worth the attention, but perhaps not what Spurs are looking for at the moment.

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