Reported Liverpool target Niko Kranjcar could be used as bait by Tottenham in their pursuit of Klaas Jan Huntelaar, it has been claimed.
The Croatian has played just nine times in the Barclays Premier League this season and has been tipped to leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season in pursuit of regular first team football.
Speculation has been mounting in recent days that Liverpool were lining up a £6 million move for the out-of-favour midfielder, after caughtoffside.com had initially reported that the Anfield club had 'earmarked' the Spurs man as the player to add more creativity to their midfield.
But now - according to Sportingo - Spurs are prepared to use the 26-year-old playmaker as a 'makeweight' in a proposed deal to land Schalke striker Huntelaar when the transfer window reopens.
TalkSPORT originally claimed earlier this week that Schalke are willing to make the 27-year-old available to Spurs for around £16 million and the north London club are alleged to be interested in signing the ex-AC Milan forward.
Spurs had reportedly previously been in contact with Real Madrid in 2009 in an attempt to sign Huntelaar but were not prepared to meet his wage demands.
However, with more money at their disposal at the potential lure of Champions League football for another season, Spurs are seemingly more likely to be able to conclude a deal for the former Ajax hotshot.
Huntelaar was also a target for Liverpool prior to his move to Schalke but the Anfield club are unlikely to reignite their interest after the January acquisitions of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
It is expected, however, that Liverpool will make some form of attacking reinforcements when the transfer window reopens and they reportedly remain hopeful of landing Kranjcar in a cut-price deal.