Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to open up a bidding war over Brazilian midfielder Hernanes, who has become an important player for high-flying Lazio, according to The Daily Mail.
The South American box-to-box player had an excellent debut season in Europe last term, and is part of Edy Reja’s third-placed team in Serie A.
The north London rivals and Liverpool are believed to have sent scouts to watch the Brazil international, who has won eight caps for his nation.
With Hernanes not replicating the same form this season as last, and Stefano Mauri becoming an integral player for the Rome-based giants, Lazio are ready to cash in on their £20 million rated midfielder.
Hernanes is believed to be slightly frustrated with being substituted regularly this term, and has had a couple of niggling injuries that have prevented him from stringing a run of games together.
Meanwhile, Lazio are also reportedly interested in Spurs midfielder Sandro, with a potential swap deal in the offing should Harry Redknapp be willing.
By Gareth McKnight