Bayer Leverkusen claim Tottenham have agreed to match their asking price for Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The German club are asking for in excess of £10million for the 25-year-old, who has scored 20 goals this season to fire Bayer to the brink of UEFA Cup qualification.
Reports in Germany suggest Manchester United could also enter the bidding for Berbatov due to the uncertainty over the future of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Bayer's director of football Rudi Voller told Bild newspaper: 'Tottenham have spoken to us again and are now prepared to match our asking price.
'The decision lies with Dimitar.
'It is understandable that he wants to try something new after six years in Leverkusen, but it will hurt us to lose such a great player.'
Bayer have already beefed up their attack, with the signing of German under-21 international striker Stefan Kiessling from Nurnberg.