Tottenham Hotspur have had a £15.3m offer for 26-year-old creative midfielder Fredy Guarin turned down by Inter Milan, according to Goal.com.
Guarin first gained global recognition under Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas during their time together at Porto, where he earned his move to Inter.
The Portuguese manager is hoping to be reunited with his former player, while filling the void left by Luka Modric's departure to Real Madrid.
Attempts have already been made to plug this gap with Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moussa Dembele, with the latter now being moved to a deeper position. However, the Inter midfielder would allow the Belgian powerhouse to undertake a more advanced role, to which he is far more suited.
The Colombian midfielder is renowned for being an excellent box-to-box player, with his mazy runs and keen eye for goal. Last season he scored 10 goals in 34 appearances, while also contributing eight assists.
Tottenham now appear to be in pole position to snap up the midfielder after Inter's poor 2012/13 season resulted in them finishing ninth in the league. This could mean a mass of exodus of the more quality individuals at the San Siro.
Spurs have also shown a good deal of interest in Guarin's Inter team-mate Alvaro Pereira, according to reports. This is so that Villas-Boas can have more quality options at full-back due to the possible departure of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
This will probably not be the last offer for Guarin from White Hart Lane or, indeed, other clubs - as Inter appear to wish to commence a bidding war for the player.
What do you think? Would Guarin be an ideal signing at Spurs, or simply a waste of money? Leave your comments below.
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