Reports breaking today suggest that Spurs have joined Arsenal in the race for Le Havre’s versatile, highly rated hopeful Jeremy Balmy. (The Mirror)
The 17 year-old is said to be available next summer and both Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger have expressed an interest.
However, the North London rivals are likely to face competition from Valencia for the teenager.
Balmy is currently seen as one of the brightest young player’s in French football, yet his contract situation means he looks likely to move.
The youngster is said to favour a move to England, with Arsenal currently touted as the favourites to secure his signature. Arsene Wenger has an exemplary record of youth development and has numerous contacts in French football to help facilitate the move.
Aside from Balmy, Wenger and Redknapp are both said to hold a shared interest in numerous other targets. Junior Hoilett of Blackburn, Eden Hazard of Lille and Jan Vertonghen are all apparently being targeted by the rival managers.
This season’s Premier League may go a long way to shaping the decision of such targets, Champions League football is not guaranteed for either side, with qualification likely to be a crucial factor in attracting such targets.