The Sunday Mirror says Jermaine Jenas has emerged as a key figure in Tottenham's attempt to bring England winger Young to White Hart Lane.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is keen to bring a natural left-winger to White Hart Lane to complement Aaron Lennon on the right - and Aston Villa wide man Young is the player he wants. But Villa rate Young - signed for £10million from Watford two-and-a-half years ago - at £30m.
Jenas, 25, who moved to Tottenham for £9m from Newcastle four years ago, could be the key.
If Tottenham include Jenas in a player-plus-£12m deal, Villa may be tempted to accept.