Tottenham Hotspur are ready to rival Arsenal for the services of Michy Batshuayi, but are waiting for approval from prospective new manager Mauricio Pochettino before bidding for the Standard Liege striker.
The Daily Mail reports how the Belgium U21 international is expected to move to the Premier League this summer, following an impressive season in the Belgian Pro League in 2013/14.
Having attracted admiring glances from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, Batshuayi's switch to north London has been anticipated for some time, but it now looks like the Emirates Stadium will not be the youngster's next destination.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has identified the 20-year-old for a potential transfer, and is willing to meet his £8 million buyout clause providing Pochettino is happy to have Batshuayi at White Hart Lane.
At the time of writing Pochettino is still under contract with Southampton, but it has been widely reported that the Argentine tactician is in advanced talks with senior Tottenham officials, and on the verge of penning a three-year deal to replace Tim Sherwood.
Batshuayi scored 22 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions for Standard Liege last season, earning a call-up to Marc Wilmots's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.