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Tottenham Transfer News: Red Bull Salzburg's Amadou Haidara Scouted Amid Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 15, 2018

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - APRIL 12: Amadou Haidara of Salzburg controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League quarter final leg two match between RB Salzburg and Lazio Roma at Red Bull Arena on April 12, 2018 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly stepping up their interest in Amadou Haidara after scouting the midfielder in Red Bull Salzburg's 4-1 UEFA Europa League win over Lazio on Thursday evening.

Estadio Deportivo reported Tottenham representatives were in attendance for the Europa League quarter-final second leg, and it's believed Haidara was their target after they were named on the scouting list (h/t Sport Witness).

The 20-year-old is the latest prospect to emerge from the Austrian outfit, to whom he moved from his native Mali in 2016. He is a well-rounded central midfielder who can also function out wide.

Spurs would have likely been impressed with what they saw from Haidara. He netted in a 4-1 win to help send Salzburg into the Europa League semi-finals and was named WhoScored.com's man of the match for his efforts:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Amadou Haidara: Man of the Match vs Lazio - Rating 8.30, Goals 1, Shots 1, Key Passes 1, Aerials Won 2, Dribbles 2, Interceptions 3, Clearances 2, Tackles 1 @RedBullSalzburg Full player ratings: https://t.co/sDxttINEPT https://t.co/eQm1TPybsk

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could do with boosting his reserves in central midfield. Mousa Dembele, 30, has endured injury woes this season. And the ranks start to look constricted considering Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are more defensively minded, and Harry Winks has made only nine Premier League starts this term.

Haidara has scored six goals in all competitions this season and recorded six assists, featuring largely in Salzburg's engine room but also turning out on the right side of their midfield.

The youngster isn't renowned for his scoring touch, but Haidara rose to the fore when it counted to send in a critical long-range strike against Lazio on Thursday.

UEFA Europa League @EuropaLeague

✨ #UEL MOMENT OF THE WEEK ✨ Amadou Haidara's long-range strike for @RedBullSalzburg or @dimpayet17's stepover & curling finish for @OM_English 🤔 Vote and win a club shirt of your choice! 👉 https://t.co/wRZelUhcsd https://t.co/giYVBhQ80Q

That goal and Haidara's overall performance in what was a hugely memorable result for the Austrian outfit will have likely made an impression back in north London.

In March, Salzburger Nachrichten reported of Spurs' interest in the Mali international, who made his senior debut for the national team in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast in October (h/t Scouts in Attendance):

Scouts in Attendance @scoutsattending

Salzburger Nachrichten say #thfc have scouted 20yo #rbsalzburg MF Amadou Haidara over a longer period, but Spurs also interested in FW Dimitri Oberlin...on loan at #fcbasel1893 https://t.co/DUKRre2hrU https://t.co/oX9Nj73z3E

The biggest obstacle for Tottenham is Haidara is also said to be a target for one of Salzburg's sister clubs, RB Leipzig, who are said to have marked him down as a successor to Liverpool-bound Naby Keita.

Salzburg have helped refine talents like Keita, Sadio Mane and Dayot Upamecano, and Spurs appear determined to become the next club to benefit from the three-time defending Austrian Bundesliga champions' production line.

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