Tottenham are ready to re-open talks with Porto over a deal for midfielder Joao Moutinho - but could be knocked back by the Portuguese club, who want the midfielder to stay put to help their push for Champions League glory.
Tottenham were close to wrapping up a record transfer deal for Moutinho over the summer, but just ran out of time as the window slammed shut on deadline day.
Since then Moutinho has said he is happy to stay put at Porto and has helped fire his side into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was in Paris to watch Porto take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, sparking rumours that Tottenham were gearing up to make another move for Moutinho.
Now according to the Mirror, Spurs will go back in for the Portuguese international in the January transfer window to help their push for a top four finish, but are likely to be unsuccessful once more.
Porto reportedly are unwilling to do business until the summer at the earliest because of their participation in the Champions League, which does not resume until after the January transfer window has shut.
Spurs currently sit in 5th in the Premier League, but have the chance to move into the top four with victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane this afternoon.