Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a surprise bid in signing Arsenal defender target Serge Aurier this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old has long been linked with a move to the Emirates and the Ivory Coast right-back has publicly expressed his desire to join Arsene Wenger's side. The Gunners are in need of a replacement for Bacary Sagna after the French international signed for Manchester City on a free transfer.
Aurier was believed to fill in the void left by Sagna's departure at the Emirates. However, their north London rivals, Spurs, are set to steal the Toulouse defender from Arsenal to strengthen the back four.
The White Hart Lane outfit has Kyle Walker as the first choice right-back in the squad. However, the England international is recovering from a pelvic injury, which has seen him miss out on making it to Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup.
Spurs' new manager Mauricio Pochettino was impressed with Aurier's performance in the summer tournament in Brazil. The former Southampton boss wants to bring the Ligue 1 star to improve competition in the right-back position.
The right-back's agent Stephane Courbis had earlier admitted the Gunners have not made an approach in signing his client. However, Aurier's representative had admitted that "another Premier League club" have made an enquiry in signing the defender.
"There is no agreement with Arsenal or anyone else. There have been discussions with Arsenal in the past, but it's been a while since there has been any talks," Courbis told RMC.
"To tell you the truth, we are even talking to another English club, so there is really nothing to act upon," he added.
The Ivory Coast international's brilliant run for Toulouse in the league has seen him being named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year. The addition of Aurier to Spurs' squad in the summer transfer window will further strengthen their squad for the next season.
Should Spurs sign Aurier, it will be a massive blow for their local rivals Arsenal as they have long been monitoring the talented defender.