Tottenham are believed to be in talks with French side Rennes over the proposed transfer of defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila.

The French midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and it seems he could yet be playing in England this season.

Italian website has spoken to Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi who confirmed that he was in talks with Tottenham over the possible transfer of M'Vila.

Yann M'Vila
Yann M'Vila in action for Rennes [Reuters]

"Yes, we are dealing with Tottenham," said Dreossi. "The offer is still a bit low but we are confident."

These reports contradict what Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has said about the possibility of a transfer, with the Portuguese manager suggesting that he was no longer on the clubs radar.

"He is an interesting player, but I don't think he will join Tottenham. He is a rather defensive player," Villas-Boas was quoted as saying on ESPN.

"We are looking for a more creative player. I won't lie. There was an interest from us in that player, but now we are looking at different options."

The report in the Italian publication believes that Rennes would be prepared to let M'Vila leave for €20million, while Spurs have only made an offer of €15m.

M'Vila, 22, is considered one of the best young prospects in Ligue 1 having played for France at every youth level and now being a regular in the senior squad having played some 22 games for his country.

It is difficult to determine which representative from wither club is telling the truth on the possible transfer, however, Tottenham would certainly have funds available if Luka Modric completed his move to Real Madrid.

The priority of the north London club is clearly to bring in a new striker as Villas-Boas has just one senior forward in Jermain Defoe.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is likely to play a key role in any of the transfer dealings and will most likely help decide how funds will be used before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.