Real Madrid are close to finalising their protracted move for Spurs midfielder Luca Modric after increasing their offer to £30m.
The 26-year-old is expected to hold talks with Real officials in the coming days after the La Liga side revived a deal that had previously stalled.
Modric is expected to undergo a medical and agree terms in the next 48 hours.
Spurs are lining up replacements with Porto's Joao Moutinho but also Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila on the radar.
A move for a new striker also remains a priority, with a deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor still on the table.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas will be allowed to reinvest the funds raised by the sale of Modric, who has been training with the reserves since refusing to join Tottenham's pre-season tour of the United States.
The initial fee for the Modric deal is understood to be £25m, with a further £5m to come in add-ons.
Modric's departure may not be officially confirmed until Spurs are confident they have a deal in place for his replacement. Villas-Boas has been keen to bring in Moutinho for some time but Porto's asking price may be prohibitive.
M'Vila, previously a target for Arsenal, represents a cheaper alternative and would be available for around £15m.
Croatia international Modric joined Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008 for a reported £16m and has four years left on his White Hart Lane contract.
It is the second consecutive summer when Modric's Tottenham future has been in doubt, with Spurs rejecting the advances of Chelsea last year to sign the player.