Estadio Deportivo reported Tottenham 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 one of the latest prospects to emerge from the Austrian outfit’s ranks after moving from his native Mali in 2016, an all-rounded central midfielder who can also function out wide.
Spurs would have likely been impressed with what they saw from Haidara if it was him they were scouting. He netted in a 4-1 win to help send Salzburg into the Europa League semis and was named WhoScored.com Man of the Match for his efforts:
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 central reserves. 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 frequently turning out on the right side of their midfield.
The youngster isn’t exactly renowned for his scoring touch, but Haidara rose to the fore when it counted to send in a critical long-range strike against Lazio in Thursday’s quarter-final second leg:
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 giants will have likely made an impression back in north London.
Scouts in Attendance previously attested to Spurs having interest in the young Mali international, who made his senior debut for the national team in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Ivory Coast in October:
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 that Haidara is also said to be a target for Salzburg’s sister club RB Leipzig, who are said to have marked him down as a successor to Liverpool-bound Naby Keita.
Salzburg have helped produce talents like Keita, as well as Sadio Mane and Dayot Upamecano—also currently at Leipzig—but Spurs appear determined to go straight to the source if they develop their interest in Haidara.