Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a major boost in his pursuit of Sevilla star Alberto Moreno after a deal with Liverpool for the player seemingly collapsed.
Tottenham had been in the running to sign the Spanish international left-back, who impressed for the Andalusians last term as part of a season that saw the club claim the Europa League for the third time in a decade.
However the player, who had previously been valued at around £14 million by the north London club, had looked to be heading to Liverpool this summer, with the Reds able to offer the defender Champions League football next term.
That situation has now changed though, with an interview in El Correo del Andalusia, which was translated by website InsideSpanishfootball.com revealing that negotiations had broken down between Sevilla and the Reds.
According to quotes from club sporting director Monchi, which were published on the website, the matter is believed to be "practically settled" with the two clubs reaching an impasse.
"We couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived," he told the news provider.
"My feeling is that the negotiations are paralyzed and I don’t see any hint that they will be restarted. We put a price on our players which we believe to be appropriate," he added.
With the comments appearing to indicate that Liverpool balked at Sevilla’s asking price of £20 million for Moreno, Spurs will have to up their offer for the 21-year-old if they are serious about recruiting the Spaniard.
Tottenham do have one notable bargaining chip up their sleeve though in the form of Roberto Soldado, who has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in recent months.
Signed from Valencia for £26 million last summer after scoring 81 goals in 141 games for Los Che, the 29-year-old managed just six Premier League goals last term.
But with a fine goalscoring record to his name in Spain, should he be included in any bid, then Tottenham may just be in the driving seat when it comes to the capture of Moreno.