Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a bid in signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, according to the Telegraph.
The 25-year-old is expected to leave the South Coast club and has been attracting interest from Tottenham, while their local rivals Arsenal have long been interested in signing the talented player.
The White Hart Lane outfit received a massive boost in their ongoing pursuit of Schneiderlin after the Gunners decided to widen their search in signing a midfielder. Arsene Wenger is looking at signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
However, the German international is on the radar of Manchester United and Louis van Gaal's side are in a firm position to secure his services. The Frenchman has identified Paris Saint-Germain's Yohan Cabaye as another player who can strengthen his side's midfield.
With Arsenal looking elsewhere in the market, Tottenham have been cleared to sign Schneiderlin. The French international has already played under the north London club's manager Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.
The Argentine boss left St Mary's Stadium last summer and is now keen on bringing his former player to White Hart Lane. Schneiderlin has made no secret desire to play in the Champions League, something that cannot be achieved with the Saints and Tottenham next season.
However, Pochettino remains confident that he can convince the player to join them in the summer even with Champions League football. Tottenham made a £10m ($15.7m) bid last summer and their offer was rejected by Southampton.
They are now looking at making an approach with an improved offer of £20m ($31.4m) in order to beat Arsenal in signing Schneiderlin. Meanwhile, The former Southampton manager has already admitted that Tottenham will be looking to sign players with Premier League experience in the summer transfer window.
"If we can reach the players with experience of the Premier League, I think is better because it is good when you have played in it. You know the country, the competition," Pochettino explained.
"But if not, we still need to add players with the right profile for the way we want to play. It is not just about players who play in the Premier League. We need to develop our philosophy and our game, and this is everything," he added.
With Pochettino's comments and Arsenal looking for other options in the midfield, Tottenham should be able to secure Schneiderlin's signature if they move quickly and convince him to join them this summer.