Liverpool are set to miss out on FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz as he is on his way to Sevilla, with Tottenham set to pounce with a bid for Luis Fabiano, according to the Daily Mail.
With more funds available to him at Anfield, it had been thought he would be able to offer £12 million for Ruiz – who has become unsettled in Holland ever since Steve McClaren left the Eredivisie champions.
However, now Sevilla are reported to have agreed a deal worth £12.3 million to sign Ruiz, with Luis Fabiano a target for Spurs.
Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to bring the Brazilian to White Hart Lane in the past but, recently, things have gone quiet on that front.
Last week the Spanish side rejected a £10.6 million bid from Marseille for the hitman, with it looking increasingly likely Fabiano would see his contract out.
If Ruiz does complete his transfer to La Liga, the way would be clear if Spurs wanted to move for Fabiano again.
It is likely we will have a clearer idea of whether Fabiano will stay in Seville after the club’s Champions League qualifier against Braga tonight.
If the 29-year-old plays, it will be hard for Sevilla to command a fee anywhere near their £15 million asking price as he will be ineligible for Spurs’ Champions League campaign, should they themselves make it.
If he is left out of the squad, though, there is every chance Sevilla fear they will lose him.