Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to sign Gent striker Laurent Depoitre and are preparing a move in the summer. A horde of Premier League clubs are interested in his signature, but Spurs' brilliant spell this season, which should secure them a place in the Champions League, has turned the tide in their favour.
The Mirror reports that Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Everton, West Brom and Southampton were all in attendance in Belgium to watch the player, who is expected to be available for a fee in the range of £12m ($17m). Spurs are in the market for a striker after missing out on Sadio Berahino in January and Depoitre will be a good addition up front for the north London club, who have Harry Kane as their main striker.
The striker has made 26 appearances in the Belgian league this season, scoring 11 goals in the process and will be a good addition to the squad in the summer. The 27-year-old, who has only 16 months left in his current contract and is likely to leave after the end of the season, is among the many names that Spurs will be looking at.
Spurs have a plethora of fixtures lined up before the end of the season, with Europa action against Fiorentina in the second leg coming up at the White Hart Lane. The north London club ended the first leg 1-1 and will be favourites to progress into the next round given the away goal rule.
However, their journey in the FA Cup was cut short after they failed to get the better of Crystal Palace, who beat them 1-0, leaving Spurs to have to contend with only two tournaments. The same can be a blessing in disguise for Tottenham, who are bidding for their first league title in over 50 years and would be better served to put all their options in winning the league, where they are currently placed in second spot, two points adrift of Leicester City and level on points with Arsenal.