Manager confirms Batshuayi's summer exit, as Spurs and West Ham prepare bids

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Marseille have confirmed that Tottenham and West Ham target Michy Batshuayi will leave the club this summer.

Marseille's caretaker manager Franck Passi has been quoted by Foot Mercato as saying that Michy Batshuayi will be sold this summer.

Batshuayi, 22, was considered as one Europe's top young strikers during his time with Standard Liege, and despite interest from major clubs in England, he chose to join Marseille in 2014.

Having played as Andre-PIerre Gignac's backup last season, Batshuayi was handed a chance to shine after Gignac moved to Mexico with Tigres - and he has certainly taken his opportunity.

With 22 goals in 49 games, the Belgian youngster has been deadly for Marseille this season - and that has unsurprisingly attracted huge interest.

As noted by Foot Mercato, London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are both keen on Batshuayi and are believed to be preparing summer moves for the striker, with Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic needing to add a new centre forward this summer.

Now, their hopes of landing the Euro 2016-bound goalscorer have been boosted, as Marseille's interim boss Franck Passi has been quoted as saying that Batshuayi will leave the club this summer.

Passi added that cash-strapped Marseille have already banked on a huge fee for the striker in the club's accounts, and given their financial problems, they will reluctantly have to sell their prized asset.

"Everybody knows that he will leave," said Passi. "It is included in the accounts that Michy will be sold this summer. We will accept it. We know why players leave Marseille, the financials are not so enticing, we have to accept it," he added.

With Spurs need cover and competition for Harry Kane, Batshuayi - an international team-mate of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli - would fit the bill perfectly with his pace and power.

Meanwhile, West Ham are looking to land a big-name striker as they move into the Olympic Stadium, and reuniting Batshuayi with his former Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet could be an inspired move, even if it's noted that Marseille want in excess of €37m for Batshuayi this summer.

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