By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 21/05/18 9:16pm
Tottenham and Everton are interested in Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer, according to Sky sources.
The 21-year-old Mali international is also on target lists at Schalke, who need to replace Bayern Munich-bound Leon Goretzka, and Monaco, who could lose Fabinho.
Spurs have been tracking Bissouma throughout the season as they scout for a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele, whose future at the club is uncertain heading into the transfer window.
They have also been monitoring Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, RB Salzburg’s Amadou Heidara and Internazionale’s Geoffrey Kondogbia, who has been on loan at Valencia.
However, the club’s transfer plans will not be finalised until the outcome of talks between manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy – the first round of which are understood to have gone well.
But Spurs’ priorities for the window remain a new central-midfielder, another forward to play behind Harry Kane, and a left back. They may also sign a new centre-back.
Meanwhile, Everton’s interest in Bissouma was thought to have been held by ex-head of recruitment Steve Walsh before he was sacked along with manager Sam Allardyce last week.
Marcel Brands has since taken over as sporting director and the club remain keen to strengthen their midfield with a player of Bissouma’s profile.
Bissouma has been statistically one of the best central-midfielders in Europe this season, and the eighth-best in Ligue 1, according to Wyscout, having made 30 appearances.
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