Tottenham have agreed personal terms with Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes ahead of a summer move, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
They report that the Champions League finalists want Gomes to belatedly replace Mousa Dembele at the heart of their midfield and have already finalised the terms of a contract with the Portuguese international.
The report goes on to say that they will very soon bid something in the region of 30 million (£25.8m) to Barca to bring him to north London, aiming to snatch him from under the noses of Everton.
Gomes has had a strong season on loan at Goodison Park under Marco Silva, who will likely be hoping to bring him to Merseyside on a permanent basis.
Replacing Dembele’s blend of speed, power and skill is almost impossible, but Gomes has shown himself capable of blending silk with steel from a deep midfield role in the Premier League this season.
Barcelona’s willingness to sell is another bonus, and the fact that the player has already agreed terms himself indicates he is not wedded to remaining at Everton, despite the success he has had there this season.
Gomes would be Spurs’ first signing since Lucas Moura and a much needed reinforcement to a squad that has been so stretched at times this season.