Reported Tottenham and Everton target Axel Witsel admits he wants a move

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The Belgian star has been linked with several clubs across Europe.

Belgium's Axel Witsel in action with Wales' Joe AllenBelgium's Axel Witsel in action with Wales' Joe Allen

Zenit St Petersburg star Axel Witsel has revealed his desire to leave the Russian club, in quotes published by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Belgian international has been linked most recently to Everton – by the likes of the Guardian – but has also strongly been linked with a move to Spurs in the past, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

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“I’d like to play next season in the Premier League or Italy. I would like to try a new experience in another league; a new challenge,” said the 27-year old, quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I hope to go to the next level and play in a big European club. It doesn’t matter if I go to Serie A or the Premier League, just that I go to a big club.”

Southampton manager Ronald KoemanRonald Koeman

Witsel played the full 90 minutes in Belgian’s disappointing opening round defeat to Italy and failed to make his mark on the game, with the Red Devils ending up on the wrong end of a 2-0 score-line.

Despite that, the Zenit man is a powerful blend of physique and technique and would add great strength to either Tottenham or Everton’s midfield if a move was to materialise.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

New Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will be eager to put his stamp on Everton’s squad this summer and securing the services of Witsel early on would be a great platform from which to build.

Spurs meanwhile, are looking to add quality cover for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele with the likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll failing to step up to the plate sufficiently last season.

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