Tottenham set to sign star duo for fees worth £42m within weeks - sources
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Tottenham are closing in on the £42million signings of Michy Batshuayi and Victor Wanyama, Football Insider sources understand.
The London giants are also close to reaching an agreement with Southampton for midfield enforcer Wanyama following a breakthrough in negotiations.
A well-placed Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club are increasingly hopeful of signing both players within weeks.
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Wanyama is likely to be first to move to White Hart Lane following talks between Tottenham and Southampton over an £12million fee this week.
It was revealed last week that Spurs had made an approach for 24-year–old and he could even undergo a medical in the coming days.
Tottenham are also in the driving seat to land £30million-rated Batshuayi despite competing interest in the Belgium international from Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham.
Sources have said that Spurs chiefs are trying to drive the price down for Batshuayi in discussions with cash-strapped Marseille.
But the French big-hitters are adamant that the 22-year-old will not leave for less than £30million and are content to wait until later in the summer to see what other interest there is in their prize asset.
Spurs have started to explore alternative and cheaper options, including AZ Alkmaar spearhead Vincent Janssen as they press ahead with plans to strengthen their attack this summer.
But Batshuayi remains their top target and there is an expectation within White Hart Lane that he could sign soon after Euro 2016.
Batshuayi has scored 24 goals and supplied 10 assists in 51 matches in all competitions for Marseille this season, including 17 goals and nine assists from 36 Ligue 1 encounters.
He is a member of Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad but was an unused substitute as his team lost 2-0 to Italy in their opening match on Monday night, with Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi the two strikers given game time.
Tottenham are long-time suitors of Wanyama, who put in a transfer request last year in order to secure a move to White Hart Lane.
He has been offered a lucrative new five-year contract by Southampton but he has refused to put pen to paper and is now set to get a wish of a move to north London with just a year remaining on his Saints deal.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Thierry Henry is convinced the club will lure big-name signings in the forthcoming windows.