No Spurs bid for Van der Heyden
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
CLUB BRUGGE have confirmed to planetfootball that Tottenham Hotspur have made no official contact to the club with a view to signing Belgian international defender Peter Van der Heyden.
The left-back has been attracting significant interest throughout Europe, including fellow Premiership outfit West Bromwich Albion, following a string of impressive displays in the Champions League.
Reports in Belgium are speculating that Spurs sent a representative to watch Brugge's 2-1 away win over Mons-Bergen at the weekend, however the league leaders are unaware if Van der Heyden was being watched.
"There has been no contact between the clubs so far," said Brugge secretary Jacques De Nolf exclusively to planetfootball.
"It's certainly possible they are scouting him. However, as we were away at the weekend they would have had to make the request to Mons-Bergen.
"As it was an away game, Tottenham would have had to make the request to Mons so we do not know anything about it.
"If there is a club really interested then they must contact Brugge. That's all, then we can make a decision either way."
It is widely believed Brugge want to keep their star players until they are eliminated from European competition this year.
The side have a good chance of reaching the second phase of the Champions League, as they only need to win away to Lokomotiv Moscow or a draw and Barcelona to beat or finish level against Galatasaray to progress in the competition.
"It will be difficult to win against Lokomotiv," added De Nolf. "A draw could also be enough if Galatasaray slip-up against Barcelona.
"It will be enough to take us on even further. We are confident, but it will be difficult.
"Next week's matches are very important. Things then will be a little clearer. Everything is not dependant on the Champions League though."