Tottenham Hotspur will use Roman Pavlyuchenko as bait to tempt Frenchman Lioc Remy to the club, according to talkSPORT.
The Russian forward has rarely been favoured by Harry Redknapp, but months of speculation has failed to result in a deal being completed for the 29-year-old.
But Spurs are now optimistic that, with the club still keen on Remy, that they can offload the out of favour forward.
Remy, who was linked with a move to Arsenal, had talks with Stoke City during the summer of 2010, but opted to move to Marseille.
The 24-year-old now plays a pivotal part in the French national team under Laurent Blanc, and with 25 goals in 58 appearances for his club his market value has significantly increased from the €15 million shelled out for his him 18 months ago.
The hope in the Tottenham camp is that offering Pavlyuchenko will allow the club to broker a deal for Remy.
Marseille's struggles in Ligue 1 this season, which sees them 12 points off the pace in the domestic title race could see them miss out on qualification for the Champions League.
Spurs are meanwhile third in the Barclays Premier League, and with a game in hand are considered by many to be genuine contenders for the Barclays Premier League title.