Tottenham are looking increasingly likely to miss out on one of their key summer transfer targets, unless circumstances change dramatically over the coming days.
22-year-old defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula is essentially guaranteed to be leaving Marseille this summer, with the French club keen to obtain the best package they can, aware the player is keen to move on.
Recent reports have suggested Tottenham have made their first offers, with bids of cash plus either Etienne Capoue, or Benjamin Stambouli, but have thus far met with negative responses from Marseille.
According to Spanish outlet Super Deporte, this now places Valencia in 'pole position' to successfully land Imbula, who they claim prefers the idea of a move to the Mestalla and La Liga this summer.
Reportedly on the table from Valencia, is a five-year contract offer for Imbula, with the aim of ensuring a deal is closed before the start of July, so the player can be incorporated into their pre-season plans.
Currently, given Inter Milan are also in contact with Marseille, the French club are seemingly set to hold an auction, and will sell to the highest bidder.
Whether Spurs return with a better offer, remains to be seen, but at the moment they'll have a very tough job beating Valencia, whose offer appears to be favoured by Imbula most of all.