By Coral Barry

Tottenham have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi after it emerged the striker must be sold before the end of the month, according to a report.

The urgency has been amped up due to the fact that his club Marseille face bankruptcy if they do not get a serious injection of cash before the end of June.

French newspaper La Provence claim the Ligue 1 club is facing financial ruin and have to raise £31.4million before the month’s end.

That could be excellent news for Tottenham after Football Insider revealed that Spurs have made Basthuayi one of their priority targets after extensively scouting the striker.

There is also strong interest in the player, who Spurs sources have said is rated in the £30million bracket, from West Ham and Liverpool.

It was thought Marseille were in no rush to cash in on their star striker, with the youngster tied to club until 2020, but news of their alleged money troubles could now change that stance.

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.

Batshuayi is currently on international duty with Belgium after his impressive performances this season earned him a spot in his country’s European Championships squad.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the Londoners have been given permission to hold talks with a £12million summer target.