Last Updated: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00
Spurs' interest in Wigan midfielder James McCarthy could mean the Londonders beat Everton to his signature.
Blues boss Roberto Martinez had hoped to make another raid on his old club by signing the Republic of Ireland star this summer.
However, with Spurs now also said to be interested in the 22-year-old, the Spanish coach thinks he would be priced out of the transfer.
Everton were thought to be prepared to pay in the region of £8-10million for McCarthy, who is keen on leaving the DW Stadium following Latics' relegation to the Championship in May, but there is now talk Spurs would be prepared to meet Wigan's £20million asking price.
Martinez has not completely given up hope of landing McCarthy, who he signed for Wigan in 2009, and will wait to see if Tottenham's interest manifests itself in an official bid in the next few weeks.
Liverpool, Fulham and Manchester City have all been linked with the player in the past but it appears to be a straight fight between Everton and Spurs for him this summer.
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