A German World Cup winner has admitted to transfer “talks and an exchange” with Tottenham and Everton bosses Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
Both clubs made it a mission to recruit experience and proven quality in the summer.
Acqusitions the likes of Allan and James Rodriguez have paid immediate dividends for Everton.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have benefitted from the battling spirit of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and the added class of Sergio Reguilon.
One such player who would fit their recent transfer ideologies is Juventus veteran Sami Khedira.
The German, 33, is currently frozen out at the Turin club. Regardless, he is still able to train regularly and the situation is far from acrimonious.
A recent report highlighted Everton and Tottenham’s interest in the midfielder who worked under both Mourinho and Ancelotti during their time at Real Madrid.
Now, Khedira has added weight to the speculation. He has insisted that a move to the Premier League is a definite option.
When asked if he is still in contact with Ancelotti and Mourinho, Khedira added: “There are talks and an exchange.
“We never lost touch after our time together at Real Madrid.”
Khedira has no intention of causing an issue with his current side despite his exile from first-team action.
“If you can’t do it on the pitch in games, you can do it in training and off the pitch,” said Khedira. “When I go, I want Juve and their fans to remember me as a great player.
“There was no offer to terminate the contract. There was no talk of financial issues.”
Mourinho reveals Tottenham shift in mentality
Meanwhile, Mourinho highlighted the “complete change of mentality and personality” of his players after admitting his squad were unhappy with their draw with Chelsea.
Spurs appeared content to settle for a point for large parts of their London derby with Chelsea.
The usually vibrant Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were largely kept quiet, but the club’s new-found defensive solidity was on show after earning a hard-fought clean sheet.
The result puts Tottenham back atop the Premier League table, and Mourinho insisted a draw at Stamford Bridge is never a bad result.