By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are very interested in signing prolific Napoli attacker Dries Mertens, according to a report.
Belgian publication DH claim Spurs are keen to take advantage of the contract stalemate between the left-winger and the Serie A club.
It is said that Mertens, 29, is in talks with Napoli chiefs over a new deal but the main sticking point is the sum of the release clause that would be inserted.
DH report that Napoli want a large buy-out fee that would prevent Mertens leaving on the cheap, while the player and his representative are pushing for a more affordable sum.
The Belgium international’s current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2018, which has alerted leading clubs across Europe.
DH report that Spurs and Manchester United are big admirers of the player but stress that the release fee is the only hurdle to overcome and that an agreement with Napoli is otherwise close.
Speedy winger Mertens has had a sensational season for Napoli in which he has taken his game to unprecedented heights.
The 57-times international has scored 27 goals and supplied 12 assists from 40 matches in all competitions, including 21 league goals from 29 games.
Only three players have scored more Serie A goals than the wide man this season, Roma’s Edin Dzeko (25), Torino’s Andrea Belotti (25) and Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain (23).
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.