The Mirror says the Spurs move threatens to hijack Liverpool’s interest in the duo. The Reds have been long-time favourites to sign two of Europe’s most gifted young players whose contracts expire next summer.
Both have turned down a string of proposed transfers this summer to wait for the right Premier League club - until now believed to be Liverpool.
But while Liverpool have been distracted by the furore surrounding Luis Suarez, Spurs have made their move.
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