Tottenham are reportedly considering a £15m to land Liverpool target Dejan Lovren from Southampton, according to the Metro.
The Croatian international has been linked with a move to Liverpool all summer long. It is also claimed that the defender has submitted a written transfer request to force a move away.
The north London club are in the market for defensive reinforcements and are looking for an experienced defender to partner Michael Dawson at the back. The Spurs suffered some heavy defeats last year against their rivals and will therefore be looking to add the experienced and tough tackling 24-year-old Croatian to their ranks.
After spending over £100m on players during the previous summer transfer window they missed out on a place in the top four yet again, which led to the sacking of two managers, Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood. The Spurs hierarchy will be hoping the new manager can change their fortunes in the upcoming campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino was instrumental in bringing Lovren to Southampton from French club Lyon last summer and the defender turned out be a key member of the team that went on to finish eighth in the Premier League last season.
Reportedly, the Saints have already rejected a £12m bid from Liverpool for Lovren, but the Spurs feel a fee of £15m should be able to tempt them to part with their player.
The White Hart Lane club will look to thrash out a deal as soon as possible, with reports in Croatia claiming that both the player and the club officials are set to meet in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's Nacer Chadli, who is on World Cup duty with Belgium has been talking about their next opponents Russia. The Belgians did not have the most convincing of starts even though they won against Algeria.
The highly fancied dark horses of the tournament struggled to break down an Algerian team, who are the least experienced in the tournament. Chadli feels that they need to be wary of their next opponents, as the Russians have a lot of tournament experience.
"Russia have a good team and they're at most tournaments, so we have to be careful, they have a lot of experience in their team with good players who play for good clubs, top clubs, and so we have to be ready," Chadli explained.
"It is again important for us to stay focussed for every minute."