Tottenham Hotspur have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Inter Milan outcast and Manchester United transfer target Wesley Sneijder, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Holland international was a target for Sir Alex Ferguson last year, but a £25m deal with the Serie ‘A’ giants could not be reached. The Daily Mirror also reports that Sneijder does not see eye-to-eye with United’s £24m summer recruit Robin Van Persie – making a switch to Old Trafford for Sneijder unlikely.

Instead, Spurs now lead the chase for the Dutch playmaker. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly interested in Sneijder, who has fallen out of favour at the San Siro after refusing to accept a pay cut.

Tottenham are thought to be keen to strengthen in January, as Andre Villas-Boas looks to push to secure a Champions League qualification spot, but the Daily Mirror claims they can expect fierce competition for the capture of Sneijder.

The former-Ajax and Real Madrid star helped Inter Milan to the Champions League title in 2010, sparking interest from Old Trafford where Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly keen to bring him to Manchester United.

The Premier League leaders were believed to be interested again this season, when it emerged the Dutchman could be sold, but big-spending Russian club Anzhi have also reportedly made an enquiry over Sneijder. 

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