Zakaria Bakkali
Zakaria Bakkali is capped for Belgium squad at all youth levels and made one substitute appearance for the senior team in October last year.Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the race in signing Liverpool and Arsenal target Zakaria Bakkali from PSV Eindhoven during the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old is believed to be the subject of an interest from the Merseyside club and the Gunners as their respective managers, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger, are keen on adding flair to their attack.

The Metro's report suggests that Spurs have already approached the Dutch outfit with a £5m bid as the winger is considering an exit due to his deadlock over a contract extension. Bakkali's current deal is due to expire at the end of next season and despite several attempts from the club's hierarchy, he is unwilling to commit his future.

The highly rated youngster, who has been compared to Chelsea star Eden Hazard by Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, is said to have been told by senior PSV officials to sign the new offer or be relegated to the reserve team next season.

Bakkali broke into Phillip Cocu's first team last year making 16 league appearances and became the youngest player in the Eredivisie history to score a hat-trick.

The report also states that the Belgian starlet has insisted on heading for the exit door of the Philips Stadion and PSV would rather consider cashing on the youngster than lose him for free next summer.

Spurs are said to be monitoring his situation for months. It is believed that despite receiving a lucrative offer from Manchester City, Bakkali prefers a switch to White Hart Lane instead.

Newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to prove his credentials by guiding the north London club achieve a top four finish in the Premier League next season.

The former Southampton boss wants to add more firepower to his squad and is hoping to swiftly complete the deal for the talented winger.

Meanwhile, Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen is targeting improvements from last season's sixth place finish in the league table.

"Personally and for the team, I hope we can start next season really well. It's been a season of ups and downs both personally and for the team. There have been some big losses but some good wins as well," the Danish international told Spurs' official website.

"Everyone has been in the Premier League for a season now, everyone has shown character and shown that we can bounce back. We now need to go and achieve our targets for next season," he added.