Tottenham hold genuine interest in signing Brighton winger Leandro Trossard, talkSPORT understands.
However, Spurs face competition from arch rivals Arsenal, with the Premier League leaders also monitoring the 28-year-old’s uncertain situation at the Amex Stadium.
There are big doubts over Trossard’s future with the Seagulls after he was axed from their latest squad in the FA Cup.
Trossard is the club’s top scorer this season with seven goals and three assists in 16 league games, but he was dropped to the bench – and left there – for Brighton’s stunning 4-1 victory at Everton mid-week.
He was then missing from the matchday squad for the Seagulls’ FA Cup third round clash with Middlesbrough at the weekend, with manager Roberto De Zerbi insisting he ‘wants more’ from the ace.
The Belgium international has made two appearances for Brighton since returning from the World Cup in Qatar, where he played in all three group games as the Red Devils suffered an early exit as they failed to make it out of their group.
That disappointment may have affected his concentration since returning to England, or there is every chance he’s had his head turned with Tottenham and Arsenal both keen.
Trossard is under contract until 2024 after Brighton triggered a year’s extension in his deal, but the south coast side could be tempted to cash in for a big fee.
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It’s no surprise the Premier League big boys have taken notice of Trossard this season.
The forward has developed a penchant for scoring against the English top flight’s top sides, having bagged a hat-trick against Liverpool, plus fired goals against Man City and Chelsea this term.
His form has been a key component in why Brighton are currently eighth in the table and seriously pushing for the European places.
talkSPORT understands there have not yet been any firm bids from Spurs.
There is, though, no interest from Chelsea and no raid on his former club planned from Blues boss Graham Potter.
And it’s a move that was called by talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor earlier in the campaign, with the former Aston Villa captain saying Trossard would be a hit at any of the Premier League’s big London clubs.
He told talkSPORT in November: “Trossard has improved so much. He’s adding goals as well, he’s a threat.
“The goal he scored [against Chelsea], composure, into the corner of the net and he could be one that starts regularly for Belgium.
“He’s going to attract a lot of clubs over Europe – Premier League clubs will look at him as well.
“So I think now he’s playing like he is, maybe January, if Brighton can get a bit of money for him, they might look to sell him in January.”
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