Tottenham Hotspur are considering a bid to scupper Manchester United's hopes of signing Memphis Depay, according to Goal.com.
The report states that the north London club are readying an offer in excess of £15m for the PSV Eindhoven star. The winger has also been linked with the Red Devils but Spurs are taking the first steps to land him in the ongoing transfer window.
The Netherlands international had flourished at the World Cup in Brazil under Louis van Gaal, who is currently overseeing managerial duties at Old Trafford. The 62-year-old's counterpart at White Hart Lane, Mauricio Pochettino too is interested in the youngster, who is likened to Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
It was believed that the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had instructed his compatriot to remain with Phillip Cocu's side for one more season and wait till United made an approach for his services.
Last week, the 20-year-old had revealed that he will consider leaving the Eredivisie outfit this summer.
"I am enjoying myself at PSV, but if nice clubs from big leagues make an approach I will of course think about it. There is plenty of interest but staying at PSV is definitely an option," Depay told De Telegraaf.
"I understand that the fans want me to play well this season in Eindhoven. I see so many kids with my name on their shirt. That makes me proud, but ultimately I am the one who decides what my career will look like and no one else."
Tottenham have already strengthened their defence with the acquisition of Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Eric Dier. Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio is believed to be on the verge of completing his move.
Pochettino is also considering moves for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez to spruce up his midfield and attack. But Ronald Koeman's side are insistent on curtailing their player exodus.
The Saints' hierarchy have shown their stubbornness in negotiations while selling five of their first-team players; pocketing over £90m in transfer fees.
Depay, who still has three years remaining on his current contract, will certainly be an ideal alternative for Rodriguez and will also comparatively be an economical acquisition from PSV.