Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been strongly linked with making a January move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez.
The forward thrived under him at St. Mary's before getting injured, but a potential deal has been made more complicated.
The Mail report reigning champions Manchester City are interested in signing the highly rated prospect.
The paper writes: "Manchester City are also interested in Rodriguez who is continuing to recover from knee ligament surgery.
"The Sky Blues see Rodriguez as someone who can add a different dimension to their squad as well as boost their homegrown contingent."
City's finances present them with the spending power to outbid Tottenham, who will hope the Pochettino connection can sway a deal.
Southampton are reluctant to sell however, even trying to tie Rodriguez to a new deal, and are already frustrated with Spurs after Pochettino was tempted away over the summer despite their success with Pochettino. They would likely be unwilling to accept a lower offer than City's.
For Rodriguez, he would have to weigh up the Pochettino partnership, with the prospect of playing Champions League football for Manchester City, an option which appears an uphill struggle for Spurs for next season even at this early stage.
At City his arrival would likely see Alvaro Negredo sold permanently, and raise further questions over the future or Edin Dzeko, who provides a similar aerial threat to the Saint.