Ben Garratt's impressive performances in goal for League One side Crewe Alexandra are said to have attracted top-flight interest.
Garratt, 20, has made 55 total appearances for Crewe since establishing himself as first-choice in December 2013, and his form in recent weeks has seen him lauded as one of the top shot-stoppers outside the Premier League.
His performances have not gone unnoticed higher up the ladder, and both Villa and Spurs are now said to be competing to snap him up this month before rival top-flight clubs enter the equation.
Villa do have a couple of promising keepers on their books in Jed Steer and Benjamin Siegrist, but manager Paul Lambert is understood to be looking for a better long-term option behind Brad Guzan.
Spurs, meanwhile, wouldn’t appear to have a drastic need for cover with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm on their books, but doubts over the former’s White Hart Lane future has prompted the club to look for potential insurance.
Furthermore, with veteran Brad Friedel well past the twilight of his career, there could soon be an opening for the third-choice job.
Nevertheless, despite the obvious lure of a Premier League club, one has to wonder how wise it would be for an up-and-coming talent like Garratt to trade in regular first-team minutes for the bench, unless the plan is to have him spend the immediate future out on loan.