Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention to a £24m deal for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann and believe that dithering from the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Chelsea over the French wizard could allow them to pull of a huge transfer coup this summer, according to the Times.
Griezmann has been openly courted by both Arsenal and Manchester United in the past, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decided to pursue Alexis Sanchez instead and that has strengthened belief at White Hart Lane that their interest in one of the World Cup's most exciting stars is not without foundation.
Pochettino wants a wide man
Spurs have certainly bided their time in the transfer market this summer, all while London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have strengthened, but new manager Mauricio Pochettino has been given funds to acquire top talent and believes Griezmann would more than fit the bill.
Pochettino wants a dynamic left winger and left-back before the new season begins and is finally making moves to complete those top top priorities, which includes listening intently to Griezmann as he openly courts a move away from La Liga.
The Premier League will definitely be blessed if Griezmann's £24m buyout clause is activated by either Spurs, Liverpool or Chelsea, with the electric winger scoring 20 goals for Sociedad last season to make it impossible Didier Deschamps to leave him out of the French World Cup squad.
Griezmann formed a superb partnership with Carlos Vela at the Anoeta last season, but has already declared that he would like to move on this summer ahead of talks over his future scheduled for next Monday.
Paris Saint-Germain have asked to be kept abreast of developments but its Spurs who have emerged as surprise frontrunners for Grizemann's signature, as they look to form a new exciting left-sided partnership including the 23-year-old and Swansea City full-back Ben Davies.
Liverpool have signed Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic to play on either flank and Chelsea have already spent £80m on three La Liga stars this summer, which means that against the odds Spurs have come from the back off the field to lead the race to give Griezmann a new platform to shine in North London, with Bayern Munich and PSG lurking ominously in the background.