Sevilla sporting director Monchi has confirmed the club are waiting to receive an offer that meets Federico Fazio's release clause which will allow the defender to move to White Hart Lane.
The north London club have already signed Swansea City duo Michel Vorm and Ben Davies, Eric Dier and De Andre Yedlin but new boss Mauricio Pochettino is still said to be interested in strengthen his back line with a new centre-half.
Michael Dawson is poised to leave White Hart Lane to join Hull City while Vlad Chiriches is reportedly ready to leave the club also – with Serie A side Roma understood to be in pole position to secure his services.
Pochettino had earmarked Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio as his first choice option but with his club refusing to negotiate his departure recent reports claim the Tottenham boss had turned his attention to Fazio.
And the Sevilla sporting director has confirmed the news, claiming that even though they want to keep Fazio and are unwilling to negotiate a deal they will have no choice but to sell if Tottenham meet his €10m buy-out clause.
"It seems Tottenham are willing to pay his buyout clause and we are waiting for that," Monchi was quoted as saying by El Desmarque during a press conference.
"We are waiting to see if the alleged interest is concrete, and the player or the club pay his release clause. We don't want to negotiate anything with anyone and there is no other way (for Tottenham) to secure his services than meeting his clause
"We want Fazio to stay in Sevilla and our hope is that he stays but if he has another idea, and a club pays his clause we cannot do anything."
And the deal is so close that Monchi even confirmed Sevilla are already in negotiaitons with another centre-back to replace Fazio.
"We know the name (of his replacement) and on Sunday we began the negotiations with his club," he said.
Earlier on Friday Sevilla boss Unai Emery hinted Fazio's departure is imminent before leaving him out of his starting XI from Sevilla's 1-1 draw against Valencia.
"[Fazio] belongs to our squad, but he has very little, or almost no chance of being with us tomorrow," Emery said.
"It is clear we would all prefer him to stay, but thinking about tomorrow's game (Sevilla's first game of the season against Valencia) we will have to look for someone else. Players leaving at the last minute has been a constant at Sevilla. I only want to wish him the best."