By Alex Stevens
Tottenham are confident they have beaten a number of Premier League rivals to the signing of Moussa Dembele from Celtic, according to a report.
The Sun claim Spurs are the frontrunners to win the signature of the prolific young French striker, who has taken the Scottish league by storm during a sensational debut campaign.
It is said that a deal is on the cards for Dembele to join Tottenham and that the transfer is expected to go through when the summer window opens.
The Sun report that White Hart Lane manager Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of the 20-year-old and has been keeping a close eye on him since his Fulham days.
Dembele has made a huge impact at Celtic since joining on a free transfer last summer after his Fulham contract had expired.
He has scored 32 goals and supplied seven assists in 46 matches in all competitions for the runaway Scottish Premiership leaders and is one of the main contenders to win the player of the year in his adopted country.
Significantly, the France Under-21 international, who can count Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as one of his admirers, has turned it on in marquee matches, scoring a hat-trick on his Old Firm debut and a memorable double against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Chelsea were strongly linked with the France Under-21 international during the January transfer window but a deal could not be sealed and the Sun report that Tottenham have now moved ahead of their bitter rivals to land the player.
That comes just 14 months after Dembele underwent a medical at Tottenham and was on the verge of signing from Fulham before the plug was pulled at the eleventh hour.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.