By Dominic Toner
Mauricio Pochettino has personally phoned Isco to persuade him to make a deadline-day move to Tottenham, according to a report.
Spanish outlet AS claim that Real Madrid are prepared to let the 24-year-old leave the club on loan in the final hours of the window.
It is said that it is a two-horse race between Tottenham and Malaga to land the Spain international.
Pochettino has contacted Isco to personally convince him to make a move to White Hart Lane but the midfielder is doubtful about a switch to the Premier League and reportedly prefers a return to former club Malaga.
Isco, who has never played outside of Spain, is aware his game time will be limited at Real this season.
The Mirror reported that Spurs are keen on landing Isco on an initial loan deal until the end of the season.
It is said that the north Londoners would have the option to sign Isco on a permanent basis if his loan spell is successful at White Hart Lane.
Isco announced himself on the European stage during his Malaga spell and eventually caught the eye of giants Madrid.
In just 84 appearances he scored 17 goals and supplied 12 assists from midfield.
Since his £25million signing from Malaga in 2013 he has made 151 appearances for Real and scored 22 goals across all competitions.
He was a regular player under Ancelotti, making 106 of his 151 Real appearances for the new Bayern Munich boss.
It is believed that current manager Zidane is under pressure to reduce the size of his squad and has opted to keep Colombian star James Rodriguez in favour of Isco.
Isco’s high intensity and work rate seems well suited to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of football.
The midfielder has made 14 appearances for a highly competitive Spain squad, but could profit in the national team if given regular football.
In other Tottenham transfer news, their target has dropped a major Twitter hint that he has finalised his move to the club.