Spurs have emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan, according to Sky Sports.
Mauricio Pochettino reportedly called Philippe Coutinho over a potential loan move and a deal could be on the cards before the transfer deadline day.
The Brazilian playmaker has become surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and has previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.
Coutinho has previously worked under Mauricio Pochettino during a six-month loan spell at Espanyol in 2012, when the Spurs boss was managing the club. He scored five goals in 16 appearances back then.
That bit of relationship may influence Coutinho to join Tottenham and it is understood only a few teams can match the £80m price tag that Barca have set on the playmaker, having paid £142m to secure him from Liverpool in January 2018.
Coutinho’s arrival at Tottenham would add belief to reports that Manchester United want to make a late move for Christian Eriksen.