Tottenham are reportedly monitoring Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang.
Obiang, 23, is a former Atletico Madrid youth player, but left the Spaniards at 16 in order to join Sampdoria, and he is now a Serie A regular, with his performance seemingly attracting interest.
Reports from Sport Italia journalist Alfredo Pedulla earlier this week suggested that, after lengthy negotiations, West Ham had finally agreed a deal to bring Obiang to East London, with a fee of €7.5m (£5.5m) plus additional bonuses being sent to Sampdoria.
With Alex Song almost certainly heading back to Barcelona at the end of his season-long loan deal, the Hammers will need another athletic midfielder to take his place - and it seems that Obiang is seen a the ideal replacement.
Yet, just 48 hours after that report of an agreement between Sampdoria and West Ham, Tuttosport believe that Tottenham are also in the race for his signature.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with the contributions of central midfielders Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason this season, but Paulinho, Moussa Dembele and Etienne Capoue have offered little, leaving Pochettino to consider other options.
Obiang would certainly bring a more physical aspect to the Tottenham midfield, but with West Ham apparently close to a deal, they may have to move quickly - and possibly better West Ham's offer - to bring him to White Hart Lane.
Missing out to one of their London rivals for a player they have been pursuing for some time would be a blow to West Ham, and they now have to hope that they can see off late interest from Tottenham to secure Obiang's signature.