PSV Eindhoven Favourites to Sign Liege Striker Michy Batshuayi

Liam NewmanContributor IMarch 4, 2014

LIEGE, BELGIUM - JANUARY 25:  Michy Batshuayi of Standard is congratulated by team mate Maor Buzaglo after he scores a goal during the Jupiler League match between Standard de Liege and KV Kortrijk at Stade Maurice Dufrasne the on January 25, 2013 in Liege, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven have stepped up their interest in Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi to become favourites for the youngster's signature.

The 20-year-old Standard Liege player has been exceptional for his club side, scoring an incredible 17 goals in just 23 league starts this season as the club race toward a first Pro League crown since 2009.

Batshuayi's individual displays have garnered admirers from across Europe with English Premier League side Arsenal as one of those rumoured to already be interested in acquiring his services. However, according to talkSPORT, PSV have emerged as the new front-runners as they prepare themselves for a £6.5 million bid that would trigger a release clause in the Belgian's contract.

In January, as per John Edwards of the Mail Online, speculation suggested that the 5'11" forward was ready to link up with compatriot Romelu Lukaku at Everton before the player announced his desire to remain in his homeland at least until the summer.

Batshuayi is unlikely to force his way into Belgium's plans in time for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but the youngster retains an outside shot for a shock inclusion so long as he continues his fine form, which currently sees him lead the Jupiler scoring charts. The Liege man has already registered five goals for the Under-21s and must at least be on Marc Wilmots' radar for a senior call-up.

A move to PSV would be a step in the right direction, and Batshuayi is likely to view the potential move as a stepping stone on the road to greater things. It may be too premature for a move to Arsenal, and he is far more likely to gain first-team experience by plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

Meanwhile, Phillip Cocu would inherit one of European football's finest young talents.

The Eindhoven club have recently reignited their hopes of automatic Europa League qualification after climbing up to fifth in the table thanks to five wins on the bounce. The addition of Batshuayi would certainly give them a lift next term.


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