By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are keeping close tabs on Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the London club are ready to launch a bid to sign the Croatia central midfielder amid doubts about his Bernabeu future.
It is said that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the player, who has already accumulated 32 international caps at the age of 22.
Kovacic signed a six-year Real contract when he was signed from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015.
He has been used as a squad player at the European champions and struggled to nail down a regular place in the starting XI amid competition from the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
The Mirror report that this has prompted talks between Kovacic’s representatives and Real chiefs over his long-term future at the club.
The midfielder’s contract has a release clause of £21.8million but the Spanish giants are prepared to reduce the fee to a relatively bargain price of £17.5million if they decide to sell this summer.
A decision will be made in May about the future of Kovacic, who has made 62 appearances in all competitions during this two seasons at Real, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.