Report: Spurs used Belgium trip to scout Youri Tielemans; summer move in the pipeline?

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with Anderlecht's Yoeri Tielemans

Tottenham reportedly scouted Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans on Thursday night.

Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with Anderlecht's Yoeri TielemansTottenham's Jan Vertonghen in action with Anderlecht's Youri Tielemans

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur sent scouts to watch Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans in action on Thursday night.

Spurs were in Belgium on Thursday evening as they took on Gent in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash, but surprisingly fell to a 1-0 defeat as Jeremy Perbet's second half strike condemned Tottenham to defeat.

Whilst Tottenham were in Ghent, they seemingly sent scouts across to Brussels to see one of Europe's top young talents in Europa League action.

The Daily Mail report that Tottenham sent scouts to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium to watch Anderlecht take on Zenit St. Petersburg, with Youri Tielemans believed to be the subject of their interest.

Anderlecht won the game 2-0 with two first-half goals from winger Frank Acheampong, but Tottenham will have been more focused on the performance of midfielder Tielemans.

The 19-year-old has been on the books with Anderlecht for 15 years, and has made his way up through an academy that has also produced the likes of Vincent Kompany, Adnan Januzaj and Romelu Lukaku.

Football Soccer - RSC Anderlecht v FSV Mainz 05 - Europa League Group Stage - Group C - Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, BrusselsAnderlecht's Youri Tielemans celebrates

Tielemans has already been capped by Belgium, and has earned rave reviews for his superb passing ability, with many tipping him to become one of Europe's top central midfielders in the coming years.

As a top young player, it's no surprise that Tottenham are taking a close look at Tielemans, and a summer move would make sense from Spurs, with chairman Daniel Levy allegedly keen to keep bringing in top young players.

Spurs also have a strong Belgian contingent at the club already, with Tielemans' international team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele at White Hart Lane – and linking up with the trio could be a major attraction for Tielemans, who looks primed for a big-money move in the near future.

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