Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly entered the race and are preparing a bid to scupper Liverpool's attempts in signing Alberto Moreno from Sevilla during the upcoming transfer window.
The Daily Mail reports that the north London club are ready to give £14m in cash plus Etienne Capoue and also offer Roberto Soldado on a season-long loan as a sweetener in exchange for the left-back.
Moreno has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the last few months and Sevilla president Jose Castro also confirmed the Reds' interest in their defender. The reigning Europa League champions were believed to have accepted an improved offer for the 21-year-old, who was snubbed by Vicente Del Bosque and not included in the 23-man Spain squad for the World Cup.
Apart from Brendan Rodgers' side, the Spanish international has also been the subject of interest from Chelsea and Manchester United but the Spurs are looking to steal the march on all three Premier League giants.
The report claims that their newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to bolster his back four and has earmarked Moreno as the perfect candidate to usher in his era at White Hart Lane. The former Southampton boss has reportedly deemed Soldado and Capoue, both last summer recruits as surplus to requirements ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Till last year, Soldado plied his trade in Spain with Valencia and was among the top five strikers in La Liga scoring 24 goals during the 2012/13 season.
Last campaign, the 29-year-old struggled to come to terms with life since his massive £26m switch to the Spurs, scoring just six goals, four of which were penalties.
Sevilla value Moreno at £25m but the Daily Mail suggests that Liverpool have offered only £20m.
But the Spurs' willingness to allow Capoue and Soldado, a prolific striker in Spanish football for a year in addition to the money, could tempt the Andalusia based club to hand Rodgers a massive blow to his transfer plans.
Although Rodgers wants to swiftly secure the deal for Moreno, it is uncertain whether Sevilla want both clubs to engage in a bidding war. The Spurs are yet to receive any response regarding the reported lucrative offer. Despite the speculation, Liverpool seems the more likely destination for Moreno given that the Merseyside club will be participating in the Champions League next season.