Former Arsenal midfielder Aleksander Hleb could be about to join Tottenham, according to reports.
Sport.co.uk suggests the 29-year-old is a target for boss Harry Redknapp as Spurs set about embarking on their maiden Champions League voyage.
The deal will no doubt wrangle with Arsenal supporters – some of whom still resent the manner in which the Belarusian left for Barcelona in 2008 – and may now have to contend with one of their former heroes joining their local rivals.
Hleb joined the Gunners in 2005 for €15 million from German club Stuttgart and soon became an integral part of the side which reached the Champions League final – ultimately losing out to his future employers.
The Belarus international spent two further years in north London before he transferred to the Nou Camp for €17 million after talks over a new contract stalled.
However, after starting only a handful of La Liga games during his first season with Barca he returned to former club Stuttgart on a season long loan.
He has since become a target for several Premier League clubs – with Spurs supposedly on the verge of making an offer to the Catalan club for his signature.
But it is understood that an offer will only be tabled if Tottenham fail in their bid to capture Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy. And Redknapp has remained coy as to whether he is in for the Welsh striker.
"I like Craig Bellamy but don't know whether they would sell him or what the situation is," he said.
"But I don't know where the chairman's at with Bellamy, if anywhere."