Tottenham Hotspur could be about to lose star defender Jan Vertonghen to former manager Andre Villas-Boas at Zenit St Petersburg, according to the Daily Express.
The defender has established himself as a top player at White Hart Lane but Villas-Boas could now tempt him to Russia.
Villas-Boas was sacked by the North London club - and replaced by Tim Sherwood - at the back-end of 2013 for a disappointing start to the season. However, the Portuguese manager wasn't out of work for too long and was snapped up by Zenit last month.
The Russian Premier League contenders are a sure-bet for the Champions League football and that could entice the 26-year-old.
Vertonghen is known to be upset about Spurs' form this season. Having lost Gareth Bale to a world-record fee in the summer, the club launched a £100million transfer spree.
Big money arrivals Roberto Soldado Erik Lamela, and many more have failed to have the desired impact. The club are currently sixth in the league standings after they had hoped to launch a title challenge.
"Those are always difficult questions," Vertonghen said when asked if he would leave should Tottenham fail to reach the Champions League spot.
"I have made no complaints about that. Let's see after the end of the season and after the World Cup."
The Belgian has appeared 65 times, scoring eight goals from defence, at the club he joined in 2012 from Dutch outfit Ajax.
Sherwood's side host relegation threatened Sunderland on Monday as they will look to close the gap in fifth paced Everton. Vertonghen will hope to be fit after he limped out of last weekend's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.