By Alex Stevens
Tottenham are ready to sell Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason to make way for Euro 2016 winner Adrien Silva, according to a report.
The Sun claim Spurs are weighing up a £13million bid for the Sporting Lisbon central midfielder.
It is said that Silva is at the top of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s shortlist of transfer targets as he searches for reinforcements in the final weeks of the summer window.
But the Sun report that Tottenham need to sell before they buy, which could mean Bentaleb and Mason heading out of the White Hart Lane exit door sooner rather than later.
The Spurs academy graduates have both slipped down the central midfield pecking order over the last 12 months, with Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and new signing Victor Wanyama all ahead of them in the manager’s thinking.
Mason was on the substitute’s bench for Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League opener against Everton, but Bentaleb was not even in the matchday squad after being frozen out by Pochettino during pre-season.
Silva, 27, has made 13 appearances for his country and was part of the Portugal squad that upset the odds by winning Euro 2016 in France, beating the hosts in the final.
The central midfielder has scored 32 goals in 196 appearances for Sporting, along with registering 15 assists in a career where he has won the Taca de Portugal twice and the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira three times.
Known for his passing qualities, Silva is Sporting’s midfield heartbeat and was crowned the club’s player of the year in 2013.
Pochettino has already added Wanyama from Southampton to his midfield line this summer alongside Vincent Janssen up front and is close to signing Marseille’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the London giants have lined up a bid for a player dubbed ‘the next Gareth Bale’.