According to All Sports News, Sunderland have made contact with Tottenham over a deal to take Mousa Dembele to the Stadium of Light.
Spurs have already overhauled their midfield options, with Paulinho and Etienne Capoue joining Guangzhou Evergrande and Watford respectively, whilst L'Equipe report that Benjamin Stambouli is on the verge of a move back to France with Paris Saint-Germain.
With youngsters Dele Alli and Tom Carroll returning to White Hart Lane after loan spells away from the club, Mauricio Pochettino will have different options at his disposal - and yet Dembele could still be on his way, with Sunderland interested.
Whilst Sunderland struggled last season, things look brighter under Dick Advocaat - and a move to Wearside could be ideal for Dembele.
Advocaat managed Dembele during their time together at AZ Alkmaar, and in their one season together, Dembele not only scored six goals from midfield but performed well enough to earn a move to England with Fulham.
Five years on, Dembele needs first team football in order to make sure he keeps his place in the Belgium side ahead of Euro 2016 - and he would certainly get that at Sunderland, with little top quality competition in the Sunderland squad right now.
Demblee could provide the driving force in midfield for Sunderland, with Advocaat clearly able to get the best out of the 28-year-old, judging from Dembele's past, where he was a key member of the midfield at AZ Alkmaar, playing 40 games in Advocaat's only season in charge of the Dutch club.
Having landed one of his former players last week in Jeremain Lens, Advocaat could look to complete another reunion in Dembele - and his ability to drive forward and make an impact in the final third could make him another ambitious signing for Sunderland this summer.