Morgan Schneiderlin could yet end up at White Hart Lane, according to a report in the London Evening Standard.
The Saints are believed to be holding out for £25 million for their star man and are yet to receive an offer of that magnitude from Arsenal or United.
Schneiderlin has made it clear he wants to move to a team playing in the Champions League but his considerable fee may prevent an offer from such a team arriving.
Spurs are also unlikely to shell out such a large sum but may be willing to offer a player plus cash deal to tempt the South Coast club.
Southampton failed with a £12 million bid to bring in Andros Townsend and he could be used as a makeweight in any potential deal.
Can Spurs tempt him?
Even in the event of both clubs agreeing on a free, Spurs’ lack of Champions League football would force the 25-year old to reassess his ambitions.
He would have to be willing to commit to at least another season without the holy grail that is the Champions League.
The Lilywhites do have an ace up their sleeves in the form of Mauricio Pochettino however, with the Spurs boss enjoying a great relationship with the midfielder during his time at St Mary’s. Only time will tell whether this bond is enough to force a deal over the line.