Tottenham Hotspur are ready to rival Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin and have already tabled a bid.
According to the Daily Express, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is keen on the 27-year-old midfielder and chairman Daniel Levy has already put down a bid in the region of £8.2million.
Any attempt to swoop for Guarin could spark the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United into action, as the report claims Jose Mourinho was interested in acquiring the Colombia international but the Stamford Bridge club were put off by the reported £15million price they were quoted.
Meanwhile, recent reports have claimed Manchester United are also keen on the Inter star and are ready to swoop to make him their second signing of the January transfer window after reportedly being on the verge of signing Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata for £37million this week.
Tottenham spent £100million on new players this summer but they could not gel quickly enough and a series of poor performances saw manager Andre Villas-Boas dismissed, to be replaced by former White Hart Lane midfielder Sherwood.
He has got them playing well and they have won their last four Premier League matches; the report claims the capture of Guarin could speed up the departure of summer signing Etienne Capoue, who has failed to make a mark since arriving.