Witsel could be Premier League bound this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur interested in Zenit St. Petersburg's Axel Witsel

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Tottenham Hotspur may still be in pursuit of this season's Premier League title, but that hasn't stopped them from looking towards next campaign regarding summer transfers.

The Sun reports that Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel is a target for Mauricio Pochettino, who wants to add to the Belgian contingent present at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have four Belgium internationals currently in their ranks - Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli - which could prove vital in luring the 27-year-old away from Russia.


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Pochettino is reportedly a long-term admirer of Witsel, who could leave Zenit for £20 million.

The midfielder has previously revealed his desire to play in the Premier League, yet a January move failed to materialise after the Russian outfit declared they needed him for their title defence.

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That plan has ended in disarray, however, with Andre Villas-Boas' men currently fourth in the Russian Premier League and four points below league leaders FK Rostov.

Zenit's domestic struggles could play directly into Tottenham's hands, with Witsel saying, as per the Independent: "I still have a contract for one more year come June and the club know what I feel.

"I would like to play in a bigger league. I cannot say that I will 100 percent leave, but we have not held talks over a new deal and my intention is to leave this summer."

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Witsel cost Zenit €40 million in 2012 when he arrived from Portugal's Benfica, but the midfielder insists the club cannot demand anywhere close to that fee this time around given he has just one year remaining on his current deal.

"I spoke to a number of clubs last summer," he continued, "but it was not about money for Zenit. They wanted to keep me because of the Champions League and there was not time to sign a replacement.

"When a player has just one year left on his contract, a club cannot demand too much money. I don’t think Zenit will be asking €40m for me."

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