Race on for Anderlecht ace
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Betis and clubs from England and Germany are chasing Anthony Vanden Borre.
The chase for Anderlecht starlet Anthony Vanden Borre appears to be hotting up with an unnamed English side understood to be rivalling Real Betis for his signature.
The 19-year-old, who was the second youngest player ever to represent Belgium for whom he now has 15 caps, has a host of admirers across Europe with the likes of Internazionale, Ajax and Lyon all having been linked with him in the past.
The club to have shown the firmest interest in securing his signature in recent times is Betis, with the player himself having recently acknowledged the possibility of joining the Spaniards.
"The fact that I am interesting such an important Spanish club like Betis fills me with pride," he stated. "I am a professional and I am ready to leave in January if I have to. I want to take advantage of this opportunity."
Anderlecht are reportedly willing to cash in on their youth product - who is currently under contract until 2010 - but have slapped a price-tag of around é¼4 million (£2.5 million) on his head.
That is a figure Betis are unwilling to meet, although the player's agent is scheduled to meet Anderlecht officials this week to try and convince them to lower their demands.
However, the Spaniards are not the only side looking to broker a deal for the January transfer window, with one English side and one German team also having expressed an interest.
While there is no confirmation of their identity, sources in Belgium suggest Tottenham could well be the Premiership outfit in question.