By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham recruitment chief Paul Mitchell has recommended that Spurs sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League club are one of a number of elite clubs keeping close tabs on the 22-year-old Belgium international.
A well-placed Spurs source has told Football Insider that Mauricio Pochettino’s close ally made a personal check on Batshuayi at the Stade de France last Saturday 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 list.
Football Insider has been told that Mitchell, the club’s head of recruitment and analysis who followed Pochettino from Southampton to White Hart Lane, has given his approval for a bid to be submitted for Batshuayi later in the summer.
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, who 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 on the substitute’s bench for Belgium on Saturday as they step up their preparations for Euro 2016 with a friendly against Switzerland.
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 has said he keen to play in the English top flight but 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.