Tottenham Hotspur, who have been looking to bring in a striker this summer, are now reportedly set to choose between long-time target Emmanuel Adebayor and his Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko.
Both forwards are currently on the books of the Premier League champions but are struggling for first-team places with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli all ahead of them in Roberto Mancini's pecking order.
Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane and impressed with 17 goals and 11 assists in 33 league appearances. Spurs have since been trying to land the Togo international on a permanent deal but according to the Daily Mirror, both two parties have failed to agree on terms this time.
The report also says that the north London side have therefore shifted their attention to Dzeko, who scored one of the goals in City's 3-2 win over Southampton at the weekend, after coming on as a substitute for the injured Aguero.
The Bosnian arrived at Manchester from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for around £27m in January 2011, but the striker now finds himself surplus to requirements at City and started just seven matches this year. The 26-year-old has also been linked with a move to Italy, with Serie A giants Juventus and AC Milan reportedly interested in his services.
Meanwhile, according to The Sun, Adebayor is now prepared to take a significant pay cut to move from City to Tottenham.
The two clubs had agreed a £5m fee for the Togo international over five weeks ago but the transfer was stalled as Spurs were unwilling to match Adebayor's current wages of £170,000 per week.
However, the report says that the 28-year-old has now decided that the switch to the north London outfit - that will guarantee him regular football - is worth sacrificing a major percentage of his wages and the transfer could be completed this week.
Adebayor moved from Arsenal to City for around £25m in 2009. Mancini had recently stated that the player has no future with the champions.
"I am sorry for Adebayor because he has no chance at City. He has absolutely no chance of playing this season here so, for us, it's important he can find a good solution," ESPN quoted the Italian as saying.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas had revealed that he is looking for just one experienced forward this summer, though Jermain Defoe is the only senior striker left in his ranks. And given Adebayor's Premier League exposure and previous success at White Hart Lane, he looks like the favourite over Dzeko.