The Sun says Spurs have offered David Bentley plus £8million for Young.
And he will be desperate to hold on to Young, 23, who is also a top target for Chelsea.
Tottenham chief Harry Redknapp admitted he was priced out of buying midfielder Barry, who signed for City in a £12m switch.
Yet it has not stopped him going back for Young - although he knows Chelsea could offer the PFA Young Player of the Year far higher wages than Spurs could afford.
Winger Bentley, 24, has had a nightmare since his £15m switch from Blackburn last summer, failing to hold down a first-team spot and losing his place in the England squad.