Steven Pienaar is now understood to have been given permission by Everton to hold talks with Tottenham.
Skysports.com brought you the news that Pienaar had already held talks with Chelsea, but failed to agree terms and was instead set for a move to Europe.
Tottenham have long held an interest in the Everton star, and the Toffees confirmed that two clubs had made offers - but only one bid had been accepted, the one from Chelsea.
However, Spurs now hope they can succeed where Chelsea failed and agree terms after Everton sanctioned their talks.
But skysports.com understands that as it stands, Pienaar has received big offers from the continent and it would taken a substantial offer to keep him from leaving the Premier League.