According to Foot Mercato (French), Tottenham Hotspur have overtaken Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko by submitting an £18m bid.
The box-to-box midfielder was Newcastle's one shining light in a cloud of doom last season and his impressive performances attracted the attention of the Premier League's biggest clubs. Arsenal were first to be linked to the player, but their interest has cooled in recent months. Chelsea were also thought to be considering a move for the player if John-Obi Mikel were to leave the club.
However, it's now Spurs who are in the driving seat. Pochettino wants more bodies in midfield after selling Stambouli to Paris Saint-Germain recently. Sissoko would add explosive dynamism to an otherwise rather rigid midfield.
The problem for Spurs is that Sissoko is desperate for Champions League football and Newcastle may well leave the decision to him.
"I want to play in the Champions League, which I am deprived of at Newcastle. One day or another, my time will come."
Whether Sissoko will see Spurs as a potential stepping stone is yet to be seen, but it seems like he may hold out a little longer.