Spurs slump halts Hazard hunt

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Tottenham may miss out on the signing of Eden Hazard if they fail to make the Champions League this season, according to the Evening Standard.


Spurs looked a shoe-in for a top four spot at the turn of the year when they were linked with the in-demand Lille star, however since then their form has slumped to such an extent they may be pipped to Champions League football by either Newcastle or Chelsea.


Hazard has previously spoken favourbly of a move to Tottenham while his father also endorsed a move to White Hart Lane, citing a move to a club ‘just below’ the European elite may be beneficial to his son’s career at this stage.


Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp has travelled to France to watch Hazard play and has publicly urged Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to splash the cash in order to secure the 21-year-old’s services.


However Spurs may miss out on their target if they fail to secure a top four spot, with the Evening Standard reporting that the talented youngster will only consider a move to a club that can offer Champions League football.


Lille president Michel Seydoux admitted today that Hazard was destined to leave the club at the end of the season, revealing that the Belgian international was keen to gain ‘European experience’ outside of Ligue 1, seemingly ruling Spurs out if they miss out on the Champions League this season.


Spurs are three points behind Newcastle in fourth with Chelsea a further point behind them in fifth with four games remaining.


The north London side face relegation-threatened Blackburn this weekend while Newcastle go up against Wigan and Chelsea face local rivals QPR.

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