They report that there are a host of clubs interested in the versatile defender, but Tottenham are keen to muscle in ahead of them all.
Atal is a right-back first and foremost – so may be able to replace Kieran Trippier, who has had a poor season – but can also play in midfield.
And he scored a hat-trick for Nice during last Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Guingamp from a wide midfield position, showcasing the quality that apparently means he is valued at a figure of at least £34m this summer.
Even if Trippier doesn’t leave Spurs this summer, the club need an upgrade on Serge Aurier, who has never been convincing at all.
The move could be bad news for Kyle Walker-Peters, who has seemingly slipped behind even centre half Juan Foyth in the right back pecking order and would likely be hit hard by the arrival of a big-money upgrade.
At just 22, Atal still has plenty of time to improve and his versatility could well be important for a Spurs squad who have to press players into various positions because of the thinness of their squad often.
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on OGC Nice defender Youcef Atal, DZ Football understands.
Atal spent the summer winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria, although he broke his collarbone in the quarter-finals against Ivory Coast.
Serge Aurier also got injured at the competition in Egypt which saw him miss the match against Algeria.
Kyle Walker-Peters is the only other player that Tottenham can comfortably play in this position. Tottenham have been impressed with his performances at Egypt 2019, where Atal provided a couple of assists.
Spurs sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the current summer transfer window and are in need of cover in the right-back position. OGC Nice have already sold Allan Saint-Maximin to the Premier League in this window as the Frenchman signed for Newcastle.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not had an Algerian footballer since the days of Nabil Bentaleb in central midfield. Bentaleb was sold to Schalke after the arrival of midfielder Dele Alli.
There are just a few days left for English clubs to buy players. Meanwhile, Said Benrahma is in advanced talks to sign for Aston Villa. Follow all the Algerian football transfers in English this summer with DZ Football.