According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to pip Arsenal to the signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy by matching his reported £8million release-clause.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the French international striker this summer, with reports suggesting that his transfer to the North Londoners would be a foregone conclusion.
His proposed move to Arsenal, however, has yet to take place and with Arsene Wenger currently out in Brazil on World Cup duty with French television, the situation has become somewhat of a non-event.
New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, however, is keen to dive into the transfer market now and Remy has reportedly been pinpointed as his striker target.
The QPR striker has been in England for 18 months since move from Marseille, and he has notched 20 Premier League goals in 40 appearances – including 14 last season while on loan at Newcastle United.
The 27-year-old is a proven goalscorer at Premier League level, and it is an area which Spurs are looking to strengthen following the poor return from big-money signing Roberto Soldado last season and the departure of Jermain Defoe.
The report goes on to say that while Remy would prefer a move to Arsenal who can offer Champions League football, North London rivals Tottenham are shown to be more interested in the striker and would be willing to top his current £75,000-a-week wage packet in a bid to tempt him to White Hart Lane.
If Tottenham manage to pull this deal off, then one can only wonder why Wenger continues to leave his transfer activity so late in comparison.