By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld hopes the club are able to convince his countryman Michy Batshuayi to join the club.
But Alderweireld is concerned that Batshuayi might snub a move to Spurs because his first-team path would be blocked by Harry Kane.
The north London club already have four Belgian players on their books with Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Alderweireld and the former Atletico Madrid man would welcome another national team-mate with open arms.
“Do I hope Batshuayi comes to Tottenham? Yes of course,” Alderweireld said to the Evening Standard.
“He has a lot of qualities. The problem of course is that at that position Tottenham already has Harry Kane, while there is a lot of interest for Batshuayi [from other clubs].”
Batshuayi, who is currently at Euro 2016 with the Belgium squad, scored 24 goals and supplied 10 assists in 51 matches in all competitions for Marseille in the recently completed season, including 17 goals and nine assists from 36 Ligue 1 encounters.
He is rated in the £30million-plus bracket by Marseille and Crystal Palace tabled a £32million bid for him on Monday night but, as revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday, Spurs are ready to blow their rivals out of the water to land the Belgium striker.
The young star has represented his country six times and scored three goals including a goal with his first touch at the European Championships after replacing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Hungary.
The striker joined Marseille for £4.5million in the summer of 2014 from Belgian side Standard Liege and also extended his contract at the French club last January to 2020.
In other Tottenham news, Arsenal have enquired about the availability of Dele Alli.