By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Juventus playmaker Roberto Pereyra, according to a report.
Reports claimed last week that West Ham had made an £11.4million bid for the Argentina international after keeping close tabs on him in recent months.
Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb now state that Spurs are attempting to hijack their London rivals’ attempts to prise Pereyra from Italy.
It is said Tottenham are set to make an offer for the 25-year-old, whose asking price is £13million.
Pereyra struggled to get first team opportunities at the Series A champions in the recently completed domestic season and they are now said to be willing to listen to offers.
Injuries and non-selection led to him appearing just 16 times in all competitions, but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen in the attacking midfield positions.
The trio most regularly used in those three roles this season were Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, all of whom are regarded as key men by Pochetttino.
However, the manager is keen to reinforce his squad as they prepare for a campaign in which they will be competing in the Champions League.
Argentina international Pereyra, 25, joined Juventus on a permanent deal last summer after impressing on a season-long loan from Udinese in the 2014-15 campaign.
Juventus paid £10.5million for the attacking midfielder, who was integral player as they came close to securing a stunning treble 12 months ago.
The Argentine is under contract with Italy’s biggest club until 2020.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are keeping close tabs on a highly rated Holland central midfielder.