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Tottenham are eyeing up summer moves for two more Belgian stars as they make plans to increase their Belgium quota to six, Football Insider sources understand.
The north Londoners are keeping close tabs on Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.
A Spurs recruitment source has told Football Insider that the club have shortlisted the Belgian duo as they step up plans to strengthen their squad in the summer window.
The Premier League title chasers are one of a number of elite clubs closely monitoring Batshuayi, 22, and Witsel, 27.
Spurs are hoping the lure of having fellow Belgians Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Demebele and Nacer Chadli among their ranks will help persuade the pair to move to White Hart Lane.
Spurs are in the market for a new forward in the summer, with West Brom’s Saido Berahino high on their priority list.
Batshuayi has also caught the north Londoners’ attention with his performances for Marseille. The spearhead has scored 18 goals in 42 Marseille appearances this season, including 13 in Ligue 1, and is understood to be keen on a summer move to the Premier League.
Central midfielder Witsel, who has won 60 caps for Belgium, has also emerged as a target with just 14 months remaining on his Zenit contract. He has spoken of his interest in leaving the Russian club at the end of the season and moving to the Premier League.