Good and bad at Tottenham: Belgian target wants move, striker bid rejected

Axel Witsel has been on Tottenham’s radar for quite some time and the Belgian star has now opened the door to a potential summer move from Zenit, according to Standard Sport.

As reported by Standard Sport in September, the Spurs were willing to pay £17 million for the midfielder during the last summer transfer window, to reunite him with Belgian team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Toby Alderweireld.

Zenit are currently in Qatar, holding a winter training camp. Witsel ruled out of move this month, but opened the door to a potential move in the summer.

“Well, I am focused on my team,” said Witsel, when asked about a potential move to Tottenham. “I don’t want to think too much about that. I am here until June, and then we will see.”

“Of course when I am in national team we speak about England or other championships. I think everybody knows that the best championship is the Premier League.”

 

The 27-year-old has appeared in 18 league and five Champions League matches this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists. He joined Zenit in 2012 from Benfica for £30.5 million.

Meanwhile, the Spurs got some bad news as well. According to Marca, they had a transfer bid of around £22.8 million for striker Jackson Martinez rejected by Atletico, as the bid fell short of the Colombian’s £26.6 million release clause.

Martinez joined the La Liga leaders this summer after impressing at Porto. However, the 29-year-old has failed to live up to the expectations, scoring just two goals in 20 matches in all competitions.

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