Tottenham Hotspur will make Manchester United target Davide Astori their number one transfer priority to replace Jan Vertonghen this summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Cagliari defender is wanted by a host of different clubs across Europe, following a series of impressive performances in Serie 'A' in 2013/14.
The 27-year-old has been an ever present at the heart of Ivo Pulga's back line, but could quit Stadio Sant'Elia when the transfer window reopens.
Astori has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, with the Daily Express reporting last week that he was being eyed as a possible successor to Nemanja Vidic when he leaves Manchester United for Inter Milan at the end of the season.
However, Spurs have now stepped up their interest in the £8million-rated centre-back, and will challenge rival suitors - including Juventus, AC Milan, Roma and Lazio - in a bid to lure the player to White Hart Lane.
In 33 appearances in all competitions this season the Italy international's stock has continued to rise, and with Astori set to feature at the World Cup this summer Tottenham would be best trying to secure the Manchester United target's signature before he sets off for Brazil.
It's been widely reported that Vertonghen is looking to leave north London ahead of the new campaign, so a new central defender will be high on the club's agenda.