Report: Laurent Depoitre rejects Gent contract following Spurs interest, Michel Louwagie confirms he is up for sale

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly hoping to sign Laurent Depoitre.

Laurent Depoitre has rejected a contract offer from Gent, Belgian media outlet HLN reports.

Het Nieuwsblad reported last month that Spurs have the most concrete interest in signing the 27-year-old forward in January, and Depoitre looks to have had his head turned by the allures of a transfer to the Premier League.

He has scored seven goals in 24 games this term, as well as scoring on his Belgium debut, and Gent have been trying to tie Depoitre down to a longer contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2017.

However, the forward has rejected all offers placed towards him, and the HLN report claims that, after two months of negotiations, Gent have pulled out of talks knowing that Depoitre wants to leave.

Following this contract rejection, club manager Michel Louwagie has now confirmed that Depoitre is up for sale, with plans to get rid of the striker in the summer so as to not lose him for free in the summer of 2017.

Louwagie said: “We have offered him the highest salary of all the Gent squad, but he will not accept. Basically, we let him go this summer.”

Clearly Depoitre has heard about Tottenham’s interest and wants to move to England, but there could be a struggle to sign him in January.

Louwagie will sell him next summer, and it is hard to imagine he would sanction a move in this coming transfer window considering Depoitre is central to Gent’s successes this term.

However, the Het Nieuwsblad report claimed that Gent have slapped a £14 million asking price on the striker’s head, and if Spurs bid above that value they may be able to tempt the Belgian club into selling the forward next month.

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