Tottenham Hotspur are ‘very interested’ in securing the signature of Napoli striking-sensation Dries Mertens, according to Belgian news outlet DH.

The 29-year-old is enjoying his joint most successful season in front of goal to date, netting 27 goals in all competitions, and is in the midst of renewing his deal at the Stadio San Paolo, which currently runs until 2018.

The negotiations are said to be going well, however have stalled slightly due to the Italian side’s keenness to implement a large release clause, whereas the Belgium international’s representatives are adamant a smaller fee should be instated in order to attract interest from elsewhere.

The North London side showed frailties in front of goal earlier this season during the absence of goal-machine Harry Kane, and if it were not for the good from of Son Heung-min, Spurs’ title hopes may well have slipped away again throughout the final stages of the season.

The Serie A star would be the fourth Belgian to join Tottenham, alongside fellow countrymen Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Mertens’ signature will likely feature on a new contract in Naples, however, dependant on the release clause, it could also spark battle across England – with a host of Premier League clubs monitoring the prolific frontman including Manchester United.


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