Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy (L) with his son (R) in the stands
According to reports from the Portugal newspaper Jornal de Noticas (printed edition; page 53) Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to lodge a second bid for Sporting Lisbon's Adrien Silva.
The report suggests that Spurs have already made a formal bid in the region of €20 million (£17.5 million) for the midfielder. Sporting are seeking a transfer fee of around €30 million (£26 million).
Noticas claim that Spurs are being patient about the deal, and are expecting to make a move for Silva in the coming weeks.
The player has stated his desire to play abroad, and especially in the Premier League. In fact, he has been promised by the Sporting president that the club will let him go if a good offer comes in.
It is due to this verbal commitment between the player and the club president, his price could be dropped, and that will be a good news for Spurs.
Portugal's Adrien Silva
The combative midfielder has emerged as one of the best in his position on the continent in recent years, and has been performing at a high level for a number of seasons.
Daniel Levy is frequently lauded for his ability to spot a bargain. It remains to be seen whether Spurs can secure his signing at a slightly reduced price that Sporting are demanding at the moment.
Sporting Lisbon's Adrien Silva