Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a genuine interest for Brazil international Douglas Costa, according to Italian media source Calcio Mercato.
Spurs have been criticised in many quarters for not making a single signing in the last two transfer windows, but they continue to monitor players who they believe could make a difference to them moving forward.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino knows that he will need to make improvements to his squad, not just to make the club better, but also to keep the stars he currently has at his disposal happy and content enough to remain at White Hart Lane.
Were Spurs to launch a bid for the Juventus winger and bring him to London, it would send out a real message to those they are challenging for the Premier League title against, and would certainly silence their critics for a lack of signings in recent times.
Costa has a huge reputation after a good season with the Italian champions last term, but he hasn’t really hit the same heights this time around, and only has one goal and two more assists from 17 appearances in Serie A.
His form was blighted by a suspension for spitting in the face of an opponent earlier in the campaign, and he is still battling his way back to full speed.
Should Spurs make a move for the 28-year-old, there could be a chance that Christian Eriksen may be offloaded, with the Brazilian replacing him.
The Danish playmaker is out of contract at White Hart Lane at the end of next season, and has regularly been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, so were Tottenham to find the man to take his place, they could decide to cash in on their star.
It must be said though, that Spurs have been attached to potential interest in a number of players over the past two transfer windows, only to see nobody brought through the doors in London.