Tottenham are plotting a swoop to sign AA Gent attacker Giorgi Chakvetadze, according to a report.
Belgian news outlet HLN claims that Bournemouth, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk are also interested in Chakvetadze, 18, and are prepared to part with £5.3million to coax him away from the Belgian club this month.
However it is understood that European side Gent have decided they do not want Chakvetadze to leave having only signed the Georgia Under-21 international from Dinamo Tbilisi last year.
Bayern Munich were said to be keen on the in-demand attacker before he made his move to Gent after he impressed at the Under-19s European Championship but an agreement was already in place to sign for the Jupiler League outfit.
Chakvetadze has made just one appearance for Gent since signing for them though and the attacking midfielder is well down their pecking order.
Football Insider verdict
Chakvetadze must be a very good talent to be identified by Bayern Munich, but his price tag is quite big for someone who is not playing much at the moment. Starring at Dinamo Tbilsi in Georgia is one thing, but moving to a much bigger European league in Belgium has met the teenager with the challenge of fighting his way into the senior squad. So far he has failed to do that and it seems that should be move to someone like Spurs then it would be the same. Mauricio Pochettino has to improve his first-team before anything else. Too much forward planning can make Spurs lose sight of their short-term goals of silverware.
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