Tottenham are hoping to stop Serge Aurier from joining north London rivals Arsenal by launching a late bid for the right-back in the coming days, reports the Daily Mail.
Mauricio Pochettino has been left impressed by the Ivory Coast international at the World Cup and the uncertainty surrounding Kyle Walker's form and fitness has convinced the new manager to make a move.
Aurier has been a rare positive in an otherwise disappointing World Cup campaign for Ivory Coast. The 21-year-old created two goals for his country in the three group games but is now on holiday following the group stage exit.
A move to Tottenham would certainly send shockwaves through north London as it is has been widely expected that the right-back would replace Bacary Sagna at the Emirates Stadium. In fact reports had gone as far as to say that Aurier had already agreed personal terms on a long-term five-year deal to join Arsenal.
With only Carl Jenkinson in the current squad, a new right-back is a priority for Arsene Wenger, who is also looking to sign a striker, a goalkeeper and a midfielder. Aurier seemed to be a safe addition, but Tottenham are ready to make life harder for the Frenchman.
Ben Davies transfer
Although Tottenham know they must act quick if they want to steal Aurier away from Arsenal, they must first complete a deal for Swansea left-back Ben Davies. As soon as they seal a transfer, they can move onto talks with Toulouse for Aurier and Arsenal need to be cautious if they are serious about signing the youngster.
Tottenham or Arsenal?
If Aurier was given the choice, it is hard to see why he would reject Arsenal to join Tottenham. Arsenal have Champions League football on offer while Tottenham are still struggling in the Europa League. With the reemergence of Liverpool, it is hard to see Tottenham breaking into the top four in the next few years as well.
Arsenal have more money to offer Aurier and better players to play with. Crucially, Aurier has already admitted to being a big fan of Arsenal, making a potential move to White Hart Lane seem even more distant.
The only hope Tottenham have of signing to right-back is if Arsenal drop their interest. But is Wenger ready to let one of his main targets slip through his fingers?
Other Arsenal targets
Interestingly, reports have emerged that Arsenal are in talks with Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy. The right-back has been preferred to Sagna in France's World Cup squad so far and has seemingly impressed Wenger.
Whether Debuchy is being seen as an alternative to Aurier or whether Arsenal are hoping to sign two right-backs in unknown, but Jenkinson has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the past, leaving the door open to a potential swap deal.