Tottenham are considering a move to sign Arsenal striker target and Romanian international Ciprian Marica, according to the Mirror.
Marica's contract at Schalke expired at the end of last season and is a free agent after being released by Schalke at the end of last season. The 27-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and West Ham United being interested in his services.
The striker's agent Becali confirmed the Gunners' interest in signing Marica. However, the Mirror suggests that Spurs have joined the race for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man as they challenge Arsene Wenger's side in signing the Romanian frontman.
Marica is looking for a three year deal with a weekly wage of £60,000. Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to meet the striker's demands, leaving the striker to consider other options. Andre Villas-Boas has summer signing Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe as the first choice strikers at White Hart Lane.
The former Chelsea manager has dropped Emmanuel Adebayor from the squad after forcing him to train with Spurs' reserves. AVB is likely to make an approach for Marica, who is available on a free transfer.
Marica revealed to have been negotiating with three clubs over a possible transfer and is likely to confirm his decision in the coming days.
"I am in negotiations with three teams. I hope I will be able to tell you the name of my next team by the end of next week," Sky Sports quoted Marica as saying.
Meanwhile, Spurs defender Michael Dawson believes his side are in good shape to win the Europa League this season, after crashing out of the competition in the quarter finals in the previous campaign.
"Last year we didn't get the greatest starts, we kept having to fight. Today is the first game, three points, off and running. The sooner we qualify, the better. Of course it is [priority is Premier League], but the way the manager took the Europa League last year, we know how much he wants to win the competition," Dawson explained.
"You look at the players who were on show tonight, everyone wants to play, everyone's fighting to be in the team for the Premier League, and it's a trophy we're taking seriously, like we did last year and hopefully this year we can go and win it," he added.