Queens Park Rangers have been linked with an ambitious £10million bid for Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend.
The Express reports that QPR manager Harry Redknapp has already made an initial enquiry for Townsend, whom he gave his break at Spurs, however a move seems unlikely.
Astronomical offer required
Despite Mauricio Pochettino stating that his current squad was too big and needed slimming down, the sale of the academy graduate is unlikely unless an astronomical offer is received.
Erik Lamela's reappearance after a disastrous debut season has increased competition for Townsend's preferred right wing berth, while rumours persist over Tottenham's interest in Dutch starlet Memphis Depay despite denials from both Spurs and the Holland international's club PSV Eindhoven.
It was not so long ago that Townsend was judged as one of the young players set to invigorate England's World Cup after scoring on his full international debut in a qualifier against Montenegro. Four further caps followed but a loss of form and an ankle injury ultimately cost the flying winger his place on the plane to Brazil, although he was in South America as a TV pundit.
Pochettino has big plans for Townsend
Townsend is thought to be part of Mauricio Pochettino's plans and it was the number 17's shot that rebounded off the bar into Roberto Soldado's path for the Spaniard's goal in Tottenham's final pre-season game against Schalke.
While Rangers can guarantee more football for Townsend, who knows Loftus Road well after spending the latter half of the 2012-13 season there on loan, there is always the argument that a player's international chances are improved if he plays for a bigger team, rather than playing more games.
Given Townsend is English and helps Tottenham with their home-grown quota, his sale seems highly unlikely. If the Leytonstone-born attacker can improve his shooting to go with his pace and dribbling skills he will prove a most useful asset as Spurs battle both at home and in Europe