The door has opened for Tottenham to prise long-time target and big Mauricio Pochettino favourite Demarai Gray from Leicester City, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed last month that Jose Mourinho has personally spoken to Gray, 24, as he looks to convince him to move to north London ahead of the 5 October cut-off.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Gray has snubbed the latest Leicester attempts to secure him to a new contract that expires next summer and his departure from the King Power Stadium is now inevitable.
The former Birmingham City ace is valued at £20million by the Foxes, and his refusal to extend his deal is encouraging to his suitors.
Following the sensational capture of Gareth Bale on an initial loan, Tottenham may look to bide their time until Gray’s price comes down or he becomes a free agent next June.
But he is a player they have been following closely for three years and Mourinho’s interest in him matches that of predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine is a firm admirer of the former England Under-21 international, who was capped 26 times at that level.
Spurs bid for him before he signed an improved Leicester contract in 2017 and have continued to track his progress in the subsequent period.
Gray is believed to be open to the possibility of a transfer after failing to nail down a regular starting spot in Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The winger has failed to even make the matchday squad for Leicester’s opening two Premier League matches this season while his future is up in the air.
His only involvement has come in the EFL Cup defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday when he played the full 90 minutes.
Gray has now accumulated 167 appearances for Leicester since signing from Birmingham City in 2016, accumulating 13 goals and 17 assists.
Tottenham believe he is a player of immense potential with the pace, dynamism and cutting edge to open up top-flight defences.