Tottenham are in talks with Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius, according to several respected sources.
The Daily Mail claim Spurs “are closing on a loan deal” for the forward who has an £89m release clause.
However, the financial impact of Covid-19 and their exit from the Champions League means the Portuguese side will negotiate over the price.
Jose Mourinho has been chasing a striker all summer and on Wednesday he said he was hopeful of recruiting one before next Monday’s transfer deadline.
“I am optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it,” said the Portuguese (via FootballLondon).
“You succeed, you don’t succeed is a different story. It’s like a football match: you win, you don’t win.
“But you give everything and you try everything. In the transfer market, it’s more of the same. I like the fact that my club, my transfer structure is trying to do everything to do it for us, to do it for the team.”
The 25-year-old scored 24 goals last season and was linked with Spurs last month.
Benfica were adamant that the player would not leave for less than €30m. But Daniel Levy was refusing to meet that asking price.
Now though with time ticking away it seems Levy has revised his thinking for a player, who joined Benfica from Napoli for £15m last summer.
Celtic make Sessegnon enquiry
Meanwhile, Sky Sports report that Celtic have made an enquiry for Tottenham left-back Ryan Sessegnon.
The left-sided player arrived from Fulham for £25m last summer, but despite being highly rated he has struggled for game time.
The 20-year-old made just nine starts in all competitions last term and he is yet to play for Mourinho this season.
Spurs are likely to sanction a loan deal for the defender, but Celtic may well struggle to finance a deal.
Sessegnon signed a five-year deal with the option of a sixth on a reported salary of £3.2m a year – the equivalent of £64,000 a week.