Hull City manager Steve Bruce is hoping to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason should he become available this summer.
During Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge at White Hart Lane, Mason established himself as a first-choice midfielder alongside Nabil Bentaleb.
The 25-year-old suffered from a string of injury problems during the 2015-16 season, however, and was limited to just eight starting appearances as Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli took over.
Mason will likely slip further down the pecking order following the signing of Victor Wanyama from Southampton. Should Pochettino listen to offers for the England international, Bruce and newly-promoted Hull City are likely to be at the front of the queue.
"I have to say that we are not (that close) at the moment," Bruce said after confirming his interest in the Spurs midfielder, the Hull Daily Mail report. "We've got a couple of big irons in the fire that I hope we can progress. We need it. We need that injection to show the supporters and the players we mean business. I know the season is four weeks away but we've got some time for that."
Bruce also confirmed the club are in talks with Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane, while Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu, a free agent after leading Reading, is also a target. "He is an interest to us," Bruce said of Sane. "He is a player we like, there have been some discussions, but there is still a long way to go."
Tottenham meanwhile are looking to bolster their squad after their Premier League title charge fell short last season. In addition to Wanyama, the club have completed the signing of Netherlands international Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar, sealing his move to north London on Tuesday 12 July.