Tottenham tracking Brazil and Gremio forward Everton Soares
Tottenham are tracking the Brazil and Gremio forward Everton Soares, Sky Sports News understands.
Spurs' chief scout Steve Hitchen recently cast an eye over the 23-year-old during Gremio's Copa Libertadores semi-final first-leg against Flamengo.
And Everton who was of interest to clubs including Woolwich in the summer, created his side's goal in an impressive display, as a 1-1 draw set up an enticing second leg this Thursday.
Everton, who predominantly plays off the left but can operate on the right or as a second striker, was the star for Brazil at their Copa America triumph in the summer, scoring three goals to win the tournament's golden boot.
Spurs are still on the hunt for new forwards, having tried to sign the Juventus and Argentina star Paulo Dybala in the summer - and the Brazilian domestic season finishes ahead of the January transfer window.
Another Brazil player may also have caught the eye of Hitchen while playing for Flamengo - the 23-year-old centre-forward Gabriel Barbosa, who is on loan from Inter Milan.
Barbosa has bagged 19 goals in 20 top-flight appearances in Brazil, was the league's top scorer last year while on loan at Santos, and recently returned to the Brazil squad after three years of being overlooked.
Barbosa is set to return to Inter on January 1, where he is still under contract until 2022 but struggled for first-team games, spending most of his time out on loan, including a stint at Benfica.
Hitchen's trip also included games between Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys, and San Lorenzo and Banfield in Argentina - as he works to refresh Tottenham's squad.
Three of the clubs's senior players - Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen - are in the final year of their contracts, while full-backs Serge Aurier and Danny Rose were available for sale in the summer.
Everton was linked to a large number of clubs during the summer, including the likes of Woolwich and Manchester City. Still, Grêmio managed to hold him from the European interest.
But now would be a better time for Tottenham Hotspur to make an attempt, and we can explain why.
Firstly: The Brazilian season is coming to an end in December, and it could perhaps be finished for Grêmio tonight.
That’s because the Southern side are very unlikely to get something in the league, and in case they don’t knock out Flamengo at the Maracanã in the Copa Libertadores tonight, there won’t be anything left for them this year.
Secondly: Grêmio should not be as ambitious as they were in the summer. At that time, there had been reports saying they wanted up to €70m to let him go, and obviously no one paid that.
A few years ago, Everton’s teammate Luan was in his prime, and Grêmio rejected all the bids they received, always demanding more. Now they can’t get another decent offer for him.
Grêmio shouldn’t make the same mistake twice, and now that they really know how much clubs would pay for Everton, perhaps it’s time to take the best bid.
In case they are knocked out of Copa Libertadores tonight, Tottenham have a good chance of signing Everton for £30-40m, and even agreeing a deal before January should they wish.