Tottenham had a £40 million summer bid for Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele turned down and must pay at least £55m if they want to land the midfielder in January, according to the Mirror.
Ndombele was repeatedly linked with a move to Spurs over the summer when it looked like Mousa Dembele was set to leave the club.
Dembele ended up staying but the Belgian has now entered the final 12 months of his contract and will almost certainly depart either in January or at the end of the season.
As a result, the Mirror believes Tottenham have made Ndombele their main January target.
The 21-year-old is contracted until 2023 and it is believed Lyon value him at around £55 million.
Spurs’ pursuit of Ndombele could be hampered by interest from Manchester City, who the France Under-21 international has already impressed against in the Champions League this season.
That said, Mauricio Pochettino may be able to offer a better rate of first-team football than Pep Guardiola, which could swing things in Tottenham’s favour.
Man City travel to Wembley to take on Spurs in the Premier League at the end of the month.