Spurs are in "advanced discussions" about signing former Arsenal and Chelsea utility man Lassana Diarra, according to L'Equipe.
The midfielder is currently a free agent after having his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow terminated for refusing to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuchuk.
L'Equipe claim that Mauricio Pochettino has identified the 29 year-old former French international as someone capable of playing in central midfield and as a right sided full back, where Kyle Walker's continued absence through injury has forced the Argentine to look for cover.
Diarra has also attracted interest from Marseille, and was close to joining QPR during the summer window, only for a contractual dispute with Lokomotiv to scupper the deal.
Lukas Podolski has denied rumours linking him with a £10m move to Arsenal's North London rivals Spurs by suggesting "hell will freeze over" before it happens.
Responding to a rumour published by the BBC earlier on Monday, the German international used his Twitter account to make it clear he won't be moving to White Hart Lane.
The court appearance of two Italians charged with attempted murder after an attack on Tottenham fans in Rome has been delayed until tomorrow, police said.
At least 11 Spurs fans were injured in the attack at 1am on Thursday as up to 50 hooligans stormed the Drunken Ship pub armed with knuckle dusters, baseball bats, knives and broke bottles.
Essex builder Ashley Mills, 25, was most seriously injured, sustaining stab wounds to his leg and head.
The President of the Italian Football Association has apologised to the English FA following a "disgraceful attack" on Tottenham fans in Rome. FIGC President Giancarlo Abete condemned the violence:
Two men have been charged with attempted murder after Spurs fan was stabbed on in Rome, the AFP news agency is reporting.
26-year-old Francesco Ianari and 27-year-old Mauro Pinnelli are understood to be supporters of AS Roma, the rivals of Serie A club Lazio who played Spurs last night.
A Tottenham Hotspur fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed when a gang of 50 Italian hooligans stormed a bar in Rome and attacked supporters of the English football team.
Spurs fans were drinking in the Drunken Ship pub before last night's Europa League game with Lazio when trouble flared.
Italian sources told the Press Association that Tottenham fan Ashley Mills, in his mid-twenties and believed to have been stabbed, was seriously injured during the attack and was being treated in hospital.
A spokeswoman for Rome police said Mr Mills had received injuries to his "skull and thigh", was "not in danger of death" and would be kept in hospital for observation.
Lifelong Spurs fan Colin McAteer, 59, from Harlow, Essex, spoke of the atmosphere surrounding tonight's match:
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said security would be increased for tonight's tie.