L'Equipe: Michy Batshuayi keen on Tottenham Hotspur switch, Spurs willing to pay £31.5m for player

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Tottenham appear to be the front-runners in the pursuit of the player.

Reports in France today are suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur are the frontrunners to sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi – after weeks of speculation linking the club with the player.

L’Equipe is reporting that Spurs are in the lead for his transfer – despite interest from Juventus and Premier League rivals West Ham and Liverpool. Batshuayi is said to be keen on a Spurs transfer, ahead of the other interested parties.

Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a big fan of the player and Spurs are ready to pay €40 million (£31.5 million) for the player. Marseille are insistent that if they sell the Belgian striker that they will bring in more money than they did when selling Didier Drogba to Chelsea in 2004 – this fee would do that.

Tottenham are after a new striker to alleviate some of the pressure off of the shoulders of current number one striker Harry Kane.

Batshuayi has been in good form this season. He has netted 20 goals this season and provided 10 assists for Marseille – despite the club’s inconsistent form in Ligue 1 this term.

The 22-year-old is under contract at Marseille until 2020 and it seems that this is bumping up his price – but L’Equipe believe Tottenham are willing to pay the fee.

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