Spurs may need to reconsider their summer transfer target list after Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi dropped his biggest hint yet that he will be staying in Ligue 1.
It is thanks to the Belgian forward that Marseille themselves are staying in the division, as he has scored the goals to steer them away from the relegation zone to a mid-table finish, and that has not gone unnoticed by Premier League clubs.
However, Batshuayi may be staying put after all. According to the Evening Standard, who have translated an interview with French publication L'Equipe, he believes his Marseille career is "far from over."
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Batshuayi staying put?
“My future is at Marseille,” he said.
“I want to stay, I love the stadium, the fans, lots of players in this squad."
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He is understood to want to make more of a lasting impact at the French club before moving on.
In a further worrying sign for Spurs, he was part of the contingent unveiling Marseille's new strip ahead of next season, as posted on their official Instagram page.
West Ham have also expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, but he recently revealed he would only consider clubs who could offer him Champions League football.
He has a contract with Marseille until 2020, and that could lead to a bidding war which could see his price tag rise above £20million.
Options to consider
While Spurs are reluctant to pay over the odds this summer, they have made signing a striker their top priority in an attempt to ease the pressure on Harry Kane.
Mauricio Pochettino's main priority this summer will be holding onto the players he already has, but with their new status as likely Premier League runners-up, Tottenham should now be able to attract top talent.
They are intent on challenging for the title again next season, with their squad needing just a few minor tweaks for them to be able to do that.
If Batshuayi does opt to stay on the continent, Pochettino has already lined up other options, such as West Brom's Saido Berahino, who is a proven Premier League goalscorer, and former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, who is reportedly unhappy in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.
Who should Tottenham sign if Batshuayi stays at Marseille? Have your say in the comments.
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