By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have opened negotiations with the Football Association about staging Champions League matches at Wembley next season, according to a report.
Spurs have been in discussions with the FA for some time about moving to Wembley for the 2017-18 season while the building work is completed on their new stadium, which is due to open at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
But now The Times claim that the possibility of having a significantly reduced capacity at White Hart Lane next season has forced the club to consider a temporary switch a year early.
It is said that Spurs may be forced to remove up to 8,000 seats at their 36,000-capacity home during next season to facilitate work on their new stadium, which adjoins the current ground.
With Champions League qualification almost guaranteed as Maurcio Pochettino’s side chase the title, the possibility of staging European matches at Wembley next season has been discussed.
Spurs are said to be reluctant to move all games to the national stadium next season due to the costs and disruption for supporters.
The FA are reportedly willing to agree the idea in principle provided Spurs’ European matches do not clash with the other Wembley commitments.
In other Tottenham news, the club have set a new record ahead of their Premier League clash against West Brom on Monday night.
Spurs are five points behind leaders Leicester with four matches of the season remaining.