Tottenham have reportedly registered their interest in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha before the summer transfer window closes.
The central midfielder has emerged as a Spurs target as Nuno Espirito Santo looks to strengthen his engine room ahead of the start of the new Premier League season. Indeed Nuno is said to be a big fan of the 26-year-old who, at 6ft 3in, also has the ability to play at centre-back.
Palhinha is said to have a large release clause, however, there is belief that a £14m bid could do the trick.
The midfielder had been a target for Wolves earlier in the window. But the midlands club need to sell before they buy, which leaves Spurs at the front of the queue.
Palhinha is a defensive midfielder who is a powerful force in the middle of the park. Indeed, he was a dominant force as Sporting beat Porto and Benfica to the Portuguese title last season.
Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici is looking to bolster Nuno’s squad across all areas this summer. However, a new right-back, another centre-back and a striker remain his main focus.
Trio of midfielders tipped to leave
There is talk of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and possibly even Tanguy Ndombele moving on. That would mean midfield becoming a position of need.
Spurs have already parted company with Joe Hart, Erik Lamela, Juan Foyth and Toby Alderweireld this summer. They have, however, balanced the squad with the arrivals of Pierluigi Gollini, Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero.
More incomings are expected, especially with continued doubts over Harry Kane’s future.
Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic, Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram have all been mentioned as potential replacements for the England skipper.
However, it would appear that Paratici and Daniel Levy are also on the lookout for bargains. That is where Palhinha enters the equation, if Tottenham can land the player for that lower fee.