Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia has emerged as a target for Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport.
Head coach Stefano Pioli has told the 28-year-old he can leave the San Siro during the current transfer window following ex-Inter boss Roberto Mancini blocking a move in the summer.
West Ham hold a strong interest in Ranocchia as Slaven Bilic continues to reshape his squad ahead of the second half of the season, though Spurs are thought to have stolen a march in the chase for his services.
Spurs have conceded just 14 goals in the Premier League this season, the fewest in the division, and Pochettino is keen to add to his backline before the window shuts.
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