Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Barcelona in the race to sign German defender target Mats Hummels.
The Borussia Dortmund centre back was integral in helping his side win the Bundesliga last term, earning rave reviews for his performances at Signal Iduna Park.
Linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, Hummels admitted in March that he would consider leaving Dortmund for a 'top, top European club', seemingly opening the transfer door to Harry Redknapp.
"I do not care if it's in England, Italy or Spain," he also told Bild at the time.
Reports in Spain now claim Barcelona are keen on adding the player to their ranks, with Sport claiming sports chief Andoni Zubizarreta has highlighted the player as a future star at the Nou Camp.
A product of the Bayern Munich youth system, both his former club and Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be keen on a deal for the 22-year-old.
Spurs have defensive worries of their own, with Ledley King's injury track record and concerns over the long-term fitness of William Gallas at White Hart Lane major concerns for the manager.
Gary Cahill has been heavily linked with a move, with Barcelona also thought to be tracking the England international over a possible free transfer move in the summer.
Should Tottenham Hotspur be unable to secure the signature of Cahill, then Hummels could be the next option for Redknapp either in January or the end of the season.