Mauricio Pochettino is considering a number of replacements for the full-back position after the £50m departure of Kyle Walker to Manchester City, with one potential name on that list being improving defender Antonio Barreca from Serie A side Torino.
Despite having four years left on his current deal with the Turin based side, Spurs are interested in bringing the Italian U21 international, who featured at the recent European Championships, to London according to sources from Tutto Mercato.
With no new signings to date and the beginning of the season fast approaching, the Lilywhites are keen to wrap up any deals fast to allow time to adjust to the Premier League and a new squad. Barreca has impressed since he made a name for himself in the first team in 2014, when he made his first appearance in Serie A.
Spurs boss Pochettino has looked at a number of other defenders such as Jeremy Toljan of Hoffenheim and Ricardo Pereira of Porto, although the club have received glowing references for the Italian defender.
The north London club are not the only side who are aware of his abilities, as a number of other teams such as Italian giants Roma and Ligue 1 champions Monaco have shown interest, with the latter keen to find a replacement for Benjamin Mendy, who has recently become the most expensive defender ever after his £52m move.
Now 22-years-old, after a further two spells on loan at Cittadella and Cagliari, the left back has shown his prowess with 25 appearances in the league last season alongside rumoured Chelsea and Manchester United target Andrea Belotti.
Roma appear to be the early front-runners for his signature, but if Tottenham act quickly they could entice the young defender into a switch to the Premier League.