By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi is only interested in moving to a Champions League club this summer, according to reports.
The Marseille spearhead has been targeted by a number of Premier League clubs on the back of a fine campaign in the French League.
Liverpool and West Ham have been strongly linked with the prolific striker, but Spurs could have an advantage over their Premier League rivals.
According to talkSPORT, Batshuayi will prioritise clubs playing in the Champions League if he decides to leave Marseille at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old has scored 20 goals and supplied 10 assists in 46 matches in all competitions this season, including 15 goals and nine assists from 33 Ligue 1 encounters.
But Marseille are 16th in Ligue 1 and just five points above the relegation zone, leading to a growing expectancy that they will cash in on one of their prize assets in the summer.
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol is convinced that Batshuayi, who is rated in the £20million bracket, could join the growing ranks of Belgium internationals in the Premier League next season by replacing Christian Benteke.
The former Aston Villa man has had a disappointing debut season at Anfield following his £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer and he could leave the club after just one year, with West Ham among the clubs who have expressed an interest.
Tottenham have also been strongly linked with a move for Batshuayi as they look to boost a forward line heavily reliant upon Harry Kane.
Title chasers Spurs would appear to have an advantage as they will finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League if they win one of their four remaining Premier League matches.
Liverpool and West Ham have only outside chances of qualifying through the Premier League, although the Merseysiders are in the Europa League semi-finals and will be in next season’s Champions League if they win the competition.
“He’s young, scoring goals in Ligue 1 – which doesn’t always translate into the Premier League,” former defender Nicol told ESPN of Batshuayi. “He’s an up and coming player, he’s an international, he’s only 22, he’s got ability, and he scores goals.
“I think there’s a good possibility he goes to Liverpool over Spurs. I think there’s a good chance this kid goes to Liverpool as one Belgian will go out in Benteke, and another will come in, in Batshuayi.”
Benteke has scored eight goals for Liverpool this season, including seven in the Premier League, but has not started in the main domestic competition since early January.
He has been out for the last month with a knee injury but manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday he is set to return to full training within days.
French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Sunday that Spurs are closely monitoring Batshuayi along with Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti.
In other Liverpool transfer news, West Brom are said to be closely monitoring an attacker at the club.