Tottenham are planning an approach for FC Basel forward Mohamed Salah and were scouting the Egyptian international in the semi final of the UEFA Europa League in midweek, when the Swiss champions hosted Chelsea.
The Mail believes Andre Villas-Boas was impressed after the 20-year-old produced a top performance in the earlier round, when Basel beat Spurs on penalties; the score was 4-4 after the two legs. Salah scored his side's first goal in the second leg.
Recognised as the Most Promising African Talent last year, Salah joined Murat Yakin's side in the summer and has five goals from 21 Swiss Super League games, as well two from three domestic cup games to add to his first ever goal in European competition.
However, AVB earlier admitted he would probably not sign a new striker if his club did not qualify for the Champions League next season. Spurs are fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Arsenal in third but with a game in hand over the Gunners.
Holtby on Top Four Finish
Spurs' winter signing, Lewis Holtby claimed a winning mentality would be key to beating Wigan Athletic this weekend. The north London side visit the DW Stadium on Saturday and AVB will expect his players to carry on from the brilliant 3-1 defeat of Manchester City in the last round of games.
"It's a tough place to go, they are fighting for every point, every point is vital, but that's the case for us as well. I saw the match where Wigan beat Everton 3-0 (in the FA Cup) and we're all aware of what they are capable of. We have to go into the game with the same mentality as the game against City and try to put them under pressure, play our game, try to get early goals and get the job done," the German youngster told Spurs' Web site.