Tottenham are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph having been alerted to a release clause in his contract, according to The Sun.
The report also suggests the club's move for Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye is an act of preparation for the England international's departure.
With both Manchester City and Spurs keen to activate his supposedly low release clause, which is reported to be a mere £10 million - Villans boss Tim Sherwood is wise to be making arrangements for the worst case scenario.
At just 25 years of age, Delph could become an integral figure at the heart of the Spurs midfield, forming an effective partnership with the highly-rated Nabil Bentaleb.
For a side lacking creativity far too often last term, the Aston Villa fan favourite would be an excellent addition.
For periods last season, Tottenham displayed a significant lack of creativity, with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane relied upon far too often to provide the goods in the final third. Signing Delph would change this.
Not only does the Villa man fashion more key passes per appearance (in the Premier League) than Ryan Mason, he is also far superior when it comes to creating space and taking on an opponent.
| (Per Game)
||Team||Shots||Pass Completion (%)||Passes||Dribbles||Dribble Success (%)||Tackles||Interceptions||Yellow Cards||Games|
|Fabian Delph||Aston Villa||1.54||85||59.75||2.18||77.22||1.68||1.36||1||28|
There is little to split the duo in terms of their composure in possession. Delph boasts a narrowly superior pass completion rate of 86%, compared to Mason's average success of 84%.
Defensively, Mason edges the battle, largely due to his marginally superior tackle rate. With both averaging three defensive actions per game and an aerial success rate of 40%, it is the Tottenham midfielder's eagerness to dispossess an opponent that gives him the slight edge.
However, it is important to note that Delph made fewer defensive errors throughout the season, while he accumulated far fewer yellow cards.
And, based on the attacking statistics, there is no doubt signing Delph from Aston Villa would represent a midfield upgrade for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
For just £10m, the Argentine head coach would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to bring the England international to White Hart Lane.