Report claims Pochettino has utilised contacts to gain inside info on Spurs striker target

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Tottenham Hotspur are one of a number of clubs said to be chasing Michy Batshuayi.

Mauricio Pocchettino has called in a favour from an old friend to get the inside scoop on reported Tottenham Hotspur target Michy Batshuayi, according to L'Equipe.

Spurs are one of several clubs said to be monitoring the Marseille striker, who played under Pochettino's former boss Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Velodrome.

Bielsa, who mentored the Spurs head coach at Newell's Old Boys, Espanyol and the Argentinian national team, parted company with the French side last summer.

And L'Equipe claims Bielsa has since forwarded reports and DVDs on Batshuayi in the direction of Pochettino.

Marseille have endured a wretched campaign and their current financial plight is expected to prompt a summer exodus of talent.

Earlier this week, L'Equipe reported that Batshuayi's teammate Lassana Diarra, who has also been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, could leave the club for nothing due to a clause in his contract.

But Spurs are unlikely to be as lucky where Batshuayi is concerned, with Marseille president Vincent Labrune telling La Derniere Heur earlier in the campaign: "If clubs want him then they are going to have to pay up. Around €50 million (£39.8 million)!"

The Belgian striker has scored 19 goals in 44 appearances this season.

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