Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their efforts to sign striker Danny Ings, report The Independent.
The striker is soon to become a free agent after he elected not to renew his contract with relegated side Burnley.
Liverpool had been seen as lead contenders to sign the attacker, with The Mail reporting earlier this month manager Brendan Rodgers was 'confident' of signing him.
His hopes could be dashed after The Independent's report Spurs are making a 'concerted effort' to snap up Ings from under their noses, a deal which would rub in the North London side finishing above them in fifth place days earlier.
Tottenham have an edge too in the race to sign the striker, as he will be partnering Harry Kane at the England under-21 European Championships next month.
The potential of one day linking up for club and senior national side is likely to be a genuine temptation for Ings, who TalkSport claimed a month ago was also a target for Manchester United.
Whoever wins the race for Ings will still have to pay a compensation fee to Burnley as he is under 23 and leaves their academy on a free transfer, with a tribunal an option to rule on a fee if the clubs cannot come to an agreement.