Tottenham are yet to make a bid of more than £10million for £15million-rated centre-back Kim Min-jae, according to a report.
Speculation in recent weeks has heavily linked Spurs with a move for the Beijing Guoan star, who stands at 6ft 3in.
The 23-year-old has offered an imposing presence in the Chinese Super League and has 30 South Korea caps to his name.
According to 90min, Kim has attracted interest from several top sides across Europe. However, Spurs have held among the strongest of interests, with talks starting in early July.
Previous reports suggested both parties were close to reaching a deal and 90min now adds that that stance has not changed.
However, Tottenham have suffered two initial setbacks, with bids of below £10million both rejected by Guoan. The Chinese side, in contrast, are looking for £15million.
A source said: “Talks are ongoing, two bids have been rejected but everyone around the deal believes the situation will be concluded.”
90min claims that while Kim has caught the eye in recent months, Spurs have tracked the centre-back for some time.
The club’s recruitment team reportedly placed Kim on their radar over three years ago and believe the time is right to bring him to the Premier League.
Such a stance is not one shared by Liverpool and Manchester City – among others – who feel he needs more development.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is acutely aware of the need to sign centre-backs before the start of next season.
Jan Vertonghen will likely leave at the end of the protracted season. Doubts also remain about Juan Foyth’s future under Mourinho.
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Spurs have a history of raiding lower-league clubs, with Dele Alli brought in from MK Dons in 2015.
Now, the north London club have reportedly beaten the likes of Chelsea and West Ham to the signing of Devine.