By Tom Blackburn

Tottenham have emerged as one of the front-runners to sign German playmaker Mario Gotze after Liverpool pulled out of the race to sign him, according to a report.

Football Insider reported on Saturday morning that Tottenham had made an approach for the World Cup winner as they step up plans to reinforce their squad.

The Liverpool Echo claim that Bayern Munich still want to offload Gotze but the Merseysiders have switched their focus to signing central midfielder Piotr Zielinksi from Udinese.

Spurs have reportedly held two rounds of talks with Gotze’s father, but there is also strong interest in the playmaker from his former club Borussia Dortmund.

The 24-year-old;s game time was restricted last term through injury, but the Germany international has refused to sign a new contract for some time now with his contract at Bayern set to expire in 2017.

The German champions will not be willing to let one of the world’s best young talents leave the club on a free.

It is said that newly appointed Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is willing to cut ties with his player and cash in on what would be a £30million-plus transfer fee.

Götze, who famously scored the winning goal at the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, joined Bayern in 2013 from rivals Dortmund for a fee of £32 million.

After 107 appearances for the German club in all competitions and 22 League goals, his time at the Allianz Arena seems to be coming to an end with his former club showing interest to bring him back to the Westfalenstadion arena.

The lure of Champions League football, and the new TV money could help Spurs attract Götze to White Hart Lane by offering the youngster a huge wage packet and the opportunity to play regular games.

In other Tottenham news, their star has vowed that he will return to White Hart Lane hungrier than ever after Euro 2016 heartache.