Samuel Eto'o is top of Tottenham Hotspur's summer shopping list with Juande Ramos hoping to cause a shock by luring him away from Barcelona, according to
The Real Madrid-leaning paper could well have timed the story to coincide with the Blaugrana's encounter with Manchester United in the Champions League and have thrown in a few points in a bid to gain credibility.
According to the report, the Cameroonian international, who has a contract with Barcelona until 2010, is allegedly unhappy with his club's poor season and has been tipped for a Camp Nou exit in the summer transfer window.
Tottenham seems convinced that it will be unable to keep Dimitar Berbatov in the squad after the end of the season and Eto'o is reported to be its choice to replace the Bulgarian striker.
Ramos wants the Barcelona striker to lead an ambitious project and the 27-year-old has reportedly been told that he would become the star name in the team at White Hart Lane.
Although the striker's release clause is set at some staggering $239 million, talks between the Premier League club and the player's agent began last week and they are expected to resume in London in the next few days.
Eto'o joined Barcelona from Mallorca in 2004 for a transfer fee of $38 million, and has scored 16 goals in 23 appearances for Barça this season.
During his time at Son Moix, Eto'o looked set to move to Tottenham and even he expected to make the switch as he dedicated a goal to the north London outfit.
Claims that he could now move to the club appear to be wide of the mark, however, as the player stated vehemently that he would still be at Barça next season on Tuesday.