Michy Batshuayi appears to be on his way from Marseille to Crystal Palace.
HITC Sport reported earlier this evening that Palace’s offer of €38 million (£31.73m) for Batshuayi has been accepted by Marseille.
The 22-year-old striker has yet to make his decision, according to French publication L’Equipe, who also claim of interest from West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur among other clubs in the youngster.
Tottenham and West Ham’s interest in Michy Batshuayi has been reported for a while (click here for reports in The Mirror and The Guardian), and the latest development would come as bad news for the London duo.
However, for Tottenham, there is a silver lining.
Batshuayi is a talented young player, but he is not the finished article yet.
The Belgium international striker scored 17 goals and created 27 chances in 36 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille last season.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the former Standard Liege striker scored nine goals and created nine chances in 26 league matches for Marseille.
Batshuayi certainly has potential, but he is not a ‘great’ striker yet, and him joining Palace this summer would allow Spurs to make a better judgement of him.
The Premier League is a much better, competitive and tougher league than Ligue 1, and Tottenham would be able to keep a closer eye on the Belgian if he played at Palace next season.
If Batshuayi proves to be a hit in England, then Spurs could always make their London rivals Palace an offer next summer.
A transfer fee of £31.73m and a weekly salary of £100,000 (as reported by The Mirror) is quite a lot for a 22-year-old who has yet to really prove himself on a consistent basis.