Tottenham have reportedly joined Chelsea and Manchester United in a battle to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
Chelsea and United have both recently been linked with the Frenchman, who has been hugely impressive this season.
But The Sun have picked up on reports in France that Tottenham have made an offer for the player in order to see off competition from their two Premier League rivals.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s assistant coach Joao Sacramento previously working with Soumare when he was a coach at Lille.
Mourinho is looking to beef up his options in midfield, with Christian Eriksen looking certain to leave.
Inter Milan are in negotiations to sign Eriksen and a deal is expected to be concluded before the transfer window closes.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, meanwhile, is looking to bolster his attacking midfield options.
Lampard said at a press conference this week: “From midfield we’ve had a fair share of goals – a few here and there. From wide areas I think we can get more.
“If you look at the successful teams over the last two, three or four seasons in the Premier League, the number of goals from wide areas have been pivotal in what they’ve produced, because it changes games.
“It’s not just to put it on them – I think we can have competition to try to score goals from all areas on the pitch.
“Our goal record probably doesn’t stack up terribly against other teams in the Premier League. It’s more that we are controlling a lot of possession and creating a lot of chances. It’s chance-conversion that’s the issue.”