Tottenham are monitoring AC Milan's Daniele Bonera, according to Italian TV station RAI.
The 29-year-old defender has been linked with a move to the Premier League and it was thought that Fulham and Birmingham City were favourites for his signature.
But AC Milan believe that Tottenham's defensive injury problems could make them the top candidates to sign the £5 million-rated Bonera.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas all sidelined, while England international Ledley King has a long standing injury problem and struggles to play two games a week.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Woodgate has not even been named in Redknapp's 25-man Premier League squad due to a long term injury.