Tottenham Hotspur are considering paying West Bromwich Albion the Â£3 million required to open talks with centre-back Jonny Evans, report The Daily Telegraph.
The former Manchester United defender was in demand during the January transfer window but ended up staying at The Hawthorns.
However, with the Baggies now looking destined to be relegated, Evans will almost certainly leave the club in the summer.
If West Brom do go down it would trigger a Â£3 million release clause in his contract, which clubs will already have been alerted to.
Spurs are reportedly keen on the Northern Ireland international as they look to build for the 2018-19 campaign but could face competition from Arsenal and Manchester City.
The Gunners failed with their bid to sign Evans in January while City were also interested but subsequently signed Aymeric Laporte, suggesting they may drop out of the race.
As it looks increasingly likely that Toby Alderweireld will leave Spurs in the summer – City are one of the clubs reportedly keen – Tottenham need to line up replacements.
Mauricio Pochettino could well be looking to get a head start on recruitment and Evans’ experience at international level and in the Champions League will be attractive to him.
The Belgium international’s departure would leave the Argentine with 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez and 20-year-old Juan Foyth as the main contenders to play alongside Jan Vertonghen at the back,
Eric Dier is another option, but Evans would find it easier to slot in to a back three and minimise the impact of losing Alderweireld.
The Telegraph also suggests that United could even re-sign the Northern Irishman as Jose Mourinho is desperate to bolster his defence in the summer.
If the Portuguese misses out on Alderweireld, he may turn to Evans, which would then force Spurs to look elsewhere.
The Times claim Tottenham are monitoring Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson and may see signing him as an option instead.