Tuttosport believes an English club have made contact with Torino regarding the availability of Serbian giant Nikola Maksimovic, a 23-year-old centre-half who can also play in deep midfield.
Maksimovic is reportedly the subject of a bid below Torino’s £14m asking price, with the Lilywhites thought to be the mystery side trying to do business with one of Serie A’s best breeding grounds.
Matteo Darmian, Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile have all graced the Stadio Olimpico di Torino before going on to bigger things in recent seasons, with the former now plying his trade at Manchester United.
Considering Spurs have signed Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer this summer to compete with Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Federico Fazio at centre-half, fans may be sceptical of this link, but the fact that Maksimovic can also operate in a holding-midfield role could be telling.
After flogging both Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli so far this summer, boss Mauricio Pochettino is short of back up for first-choice anchorman Nabil Bentaleb, and could yet strengthen in the position.
Maksimovic has been compared to fellow Serbian bruiser Nemanja Vidic in his homeland, and former France centre-half/defensive-midfielder Marcel Desailly since arriving in Italy from Red Star Belgrade two years ago.