Tottenham are in talks with Toulouse over the signing of midfielder Etienne Capoue, Sky sources understand.
The France international, a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back, has been attracting interest from Cardiff, who had an £8.6m bid for him accepted only for the deal to fall through.
Spanish side Atletico Madrid have also expressed an interest but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas looks to have stolen a march on them, with Toulouse president Olivier Sadran suggesting the player could be on his way to White Hart Lane.
Capoue scored seven goals in 34 league appearances for Toulouse last season and would be Spurs' fourth signing of the summer if the deal goes through.
Brazilian playmaker Paulinho, Belgian winger Nacer Chadli and Spain striker Roberto Soldado have already moved to north London.
But it is the future of an existing Totenham player that continues to make the headlines, as Gareth Bale continues to be heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.