Tottenham's new January striker signing will not be Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian striker announced today that he's signed a new contract with Marseille that will keep him at the club through 2020.
Très heureux de prolonger l'aventure avec l'@OM_Officiel ❤️ #2020 #onestensemble #blessed pic.twitter.com/yAUHKwGwuu— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 6, 2016
This certainly rules him out as a Tottenham Hotspur target for the January transfer window... if you thought he was a serious target this January to begin with. Numerous reports in recent papers suggested that OM didn't want to sell, or were commanding upwards of £30m for Batshuayi. Depending on how you feel about contract extensions, either this serves as a statement that Batshuayi is happy where he is, or that OM simply wanted to put a huge buyout clause in his contract so that they're guaranteed a big windfall when some rich club comes in for him this summer.
Batshuayi is a monster talent, having scored 11 goals for OM thus far this season, and Spurs have reportedly been tracking him since he was playing for Standard Liege. OM is 10th in the table and probably won't get Champions League this season, which will mean they'll likely have a hard time hanging on to Michy regardless of this new contract. This means Spurs are definitely not signing Batshuayi in this window, and may now be priced out of him entirely unless they finish in the top four and decide to splash the cash.