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Tottenham transfer target Laurent Depoitre recently praised by Andre Villas-Boas

Laurent Depoitre has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Laurent Depoitre has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, with The Telegraph reporting the Premier League side have sent scouts to watch him in action on several occasions.

The striker's talents even won praise from former Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season, when Gent met Zenit St Peterburg in a Champions League clash.

AVB picked out the 26-year-old as a dangerman for the match, which Zenit won 2-1.

He told Voetball Nieuws: "We must be wary of their qualities, especially Neto, Simon and Depoitre are players who can hurt us."

Depoitre has played in both of Gent's Champions League games this campaign, with the previous result a 1-1 draw with Lyon, although he is still waiting for his first goal in the competition.

The striker has netted five goals this season, but is yet to win his first call-up for the Belgian national team. His next Champions League game to impress is against Valencia, while he has another chance to get one over on Villas-Boas' Zenit later in the campaign.

Tottenham's financial strength dictates they have a strong chance of luring Depoitre away from Gent, who won the Belgian title for the very first time in their history last season. With a long time to go until the January transfer window opens, the forward will need to maintain his form in order to keep interest alive.

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