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Tottenham in pole position to sign Batshuayi, but Daniel Levy unwilling to meet asking price

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Reports from the Belgian media says Spurs are the most likely destination for Michy Batshuayi, but Spurs are balking at OM's asking price.

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It's time for your periodic Michy Batshuayi transfer update! The latest, this time from the Belgian sports media, is that Tottenham Hotspur has emerged as the front runners to land the young Belgian striker from Olympique Marseilles in this summer's transfer window. This news comes after West Ham have apparently walked away from their pursuit of Batshuayi over the high asking price.

That's the good news! The bad news is that OM wants €40m (£31.2m), and Daniel Levy is reportedly not willing to pay that much for the 22-year old Belgian striker.

The report is from Kristoff Terreur, a Belgian sports journalist writing for HLN.be. Terreur was at the forefront of last summer's rumors over Toby Alderweireld's transfer, and was well connected when Spurs were signing Nacer Chadli and Jan Vertonghen. He's very clued into the Belgian footballing scene and is a voice worth listening to. He also notes that as of yet Spurs have not formally placed a bid for Michy.

That said, Spurs not willing to meet OM's asking price should surprise exactly nobody, considering that we're talking about Daniel Levy. Spurs almost never bid the asking price for any player, and Levy is one of the fiercest negotiators around. Terreur notes that Tottenham is pretty confident that they can land Batshuayi, but it's also worth noting that Spurs are listed to a large number of strikers various and sundry, including Alexandre Lacazette, Breel Embolo, Vincent Janssen, and (still) Saido Berahino. Essentially, if Spurs want Michy, there's a decent chance they'll get him for the best price they can, and if not, there are other targets.

Batshuayi is coming off of a fine season with OM in Ligue 1, scoring 23 goals and notching 10 assists in all competitions. He's currently with Marc Wilmot's Belgium squad preparing for the Euros, which kicks off this Friday.