By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham sent scouts to watch Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi on Saturday night, according to a report.
The Premier League club are one of a number of elite clubs closely monitoring the 22-year-old Belgium international.
French website Mercato 365 claim Spurs scouts were in attendance at the Stade de France as Marseille lost 4-2 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de France final.
Batshuayi, who is said to be rated in the £30million bracket by his club, maintained his hot streak by scoring his 24th goal of an impressive campaign.
Spurs are in the market for a new forward in the summer, with West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson also high on their priority list.
But a well-placed Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Batshuayi is the priority striker signing for Mauricio Pochettino and the north London recruitment staff.
However, Spurs’ stance is that they will not make their move until after the Euros, which start in mid-June and finish in early July.
The 22-year-old has scored 24 goals and supplied 10 assists in 51 matches in all competitions this season, including 17 goals and nine assists from 36 Ligue 1 encounters.
Pochettino told French radio station RMC Sport recently that Batshuayi is one of the strikers on Spurs’ radar as they look to bolster a forward line heavily reliant upon Harry Kane.
“We look for a striker this summer,” Pochettino said, when asked specifically about Batshuayi. “This player is young and has a lot of talent. We are following him. Logically, he should be on the list of many clubs.
Liverpool and West Ham have been strongly linked with the prolific striker, but Spurs could have an advantage over their Premier League rivals.
Batshuayi is likely to prioritise clubs playing in the Champions League if he decides to leave financially-stricken Marseille at the end of the season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Thierry Henry is convinced the club will lure big-name signings in the forthcoming windows.