Massive boost for Tottenham and West Ham in race for Keita Balde

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Malaga CF and SS Lazio at Estadio La Rosaleda on August 5, 2017 in Malaga, Spain.

The Lazio man is a reported transfer target for both Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

The Hammers and Spurs have both received a boost in their pursuit of Lazio forward Keita Balde, after the 22-year-old took to his official Twitter account to express his frustrations at being left out of his side's Super Cup squad.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham are interested in signing the £30 million-rated Senegal international, whilst Goal Italy suggest that West Ham have been tracking him all summer long.

Slaven Bilic has brought plenty of impressive new arrivals to the London Stadium so far this summer, and with the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez amongst the recent recruits, whether they ramp up their interest in Keita Balde remains to be seen.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio in action during the pre-season friendly match between SS Lazio and F.C Kufstein on August 1, 2017 in Kufstein, Austria.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, on the other hand, is in desperate need of strengthening, especially in forward areas, with another option to Harry Kane an absolute necessity for the Lilywhites.

Both clubs might just have been given extra emphasis to go out and get their man, however.

The highly-rated 22-year-old took to his official Twitter account to dispute his side's claims that he was omitted from the Super Cup squad because of injury.

He wrote:

"The lack of a call-up for the Super Cup Final has profoundly hurt me. It is the first important match of the season, for which I had prepared and was ready for action. The decision made by the club, which evidently had nothing to do with purely sporting criteria, puts me in a psychologically uncomfortable position and right now I don't know how to evaluate the consequences of that."

It will be interesting to see now if either of the two London clubs make a move for the explosive Lazio man, following his latest comments.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the SS Lazio Training Camp on August 3, 2017 in Walchsee, Austria.

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