Tottenham are planning a raid on Dutch champions Ajax, with Andre Villas-Boas targeting Danish and Belgian internationals Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld. The Mirror believes the north Londoners will pay £15m for the midfielder and defender combined.
The youngsters' contracts expire in 2014 and Amsterdam ArenA chiefs have so far failed to persuade them to sign extensions. Both players are very highly rated by Ajax and their respective countries and both have been strongly linked with moves to the Premier League this summer.
Spurs' rivals Liverpool were linked with an even bigger £22m offer for the pair, according to an earlier Mirror report. However, fortunately for AVB, Brendan Rodgers is concerned with the Luis Suarez situation at the moment and this could be his time to strike.
Interest in Eriksen has been particularly strong this year, with Manchester rivals United and City also linked with the 21-year-old. Alderweireld was targeted with the aim of replacing Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, who retired earlier this summer. However, Rodgers has since signed Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure and appears more focused on signing a left-back - Diego Contento of Bayern Munich has been linked - than a central defender.
It is believed AVB had scouts in the Netherlands to watch Eriksen and Alderweireld during the first game of the new Dutch season. Ajax began with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Roda JC, with Eriksen setting up captain Siem de Jong for the second.
Alderweireld's agent, Soren Lerby, has backed both his client and Eriksen to succeed in the Premier League, if they do make the move. Lerby called Eriksen one of the best midfielders and one of the biggest talents in Europe said he was sure of a move for the end of the transfer window.
Finally, Lerby also revealed Spurs faced competition for Alderweireld.
"It is true that Everton came forward for Alderweireld. Though there are other concrete directions, Toby must now look at which team he finds the most challenging," he explained. Alderweireld earlier turned down a move to Norwich City.