Axel Witsel won't rule out move to Tottenham Hotspur

White Hart Lane 4

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly tracking Axel Witsel, but a deal is more likely to happen in the summer.

Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has refused to move out a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the London Evening Standard.

Witsel has reportedly been a long term target for the Lilywhites, who are eager to make a move for the Belgian international.

However, the powerful midfielder has suggested that a move is more likely in the summer, rather than in the January transfer window.

“Well, I am focused on my team,” Witsel told the London Evening Standard when asked whether he would consider a move to Tottenham. “We just came back from holidays. So my focus is on training.

“It’s the first training camp in Qatar this year and we will see later. I don’t want to think too much about that. I am here until June, and then we will see.

“I think everybody knows that the best championship is the Premier League.”

Mauricio Pochettino had been wanting to sign Witsel this month, the Standard say, but the deal is proving to be a troublesome one.

The Russian transfer window is still not open, and Zenit are keen to keep hold of their prized midfielder.

Tottenham are reportedly willing to pay £17 million for the 27-year-old, and make him one of their top earners, but the Russian side are still in the Champions League - and it is believed that Witsel wants to play in Europe’s premier competition.

With Tottenham pushing for a top four place they may be able to offer him that opportunity at White Hart Lane next season, but they are only able to present him with Europa League football at the moment.

If Witsel does complete a move to Spurs he will join a strong Belgian contingent at the club, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele all playing key roles.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch