Tottenham priority target Batshuayi drops major hint about summer plans
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Michy Batshuayi has dropped a major hint about his summer plans by revealing he is keen to play in the Premier League.
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham have made the Marseille striker their priority target this summer as they aim to beef up their forward line.
Liverpool and West Ham are also monitoring the Belgium international and have been given encouragement by comments he made while on international duty on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old is at Belgium’s pre-Euro 2016 training camp and admits a move to the English top flight is on his radar.
“Everybody likes the Premier League,” Batshuayi told Sky Sports News. “It has a lot of spectacle, a lot of goals and many good players. It is natural that every good player is attracted by that league.
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“But I don’t think about that, I prefer to concentrate 100 per cent on the Euros. Then we will see what happens.”
Batshuayi 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.
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 last Saturday.
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.
However, Spurs’ stance is that Batshuayi is their top target although they will not make their move until after the Euros, which start in mid-June and finish in early July.
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.
Belgium play Switzerland in Geneva on Saturday as part of their Euro 2016 preparations, where they will compete in Group E alongside Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Thierry Henry is convinced the club will lure big-name signings in the forthcoming windows.