Tottenham target Ibrahim Afellay could be forced out of Barcelona, with Lille set to rival Spurs for his signature.
TalkSPORT revealed last month how the Dutch star was keen to stay at the Nou Camp after recovering from a serious knee injury, but new manager Tito Vilanova could have other ideas.
Spurs are long-time admirers of the playmaker and their lack of a manager will not stand in the way of a possible deal as the new contract for Gareth Bale has proved this week.
Spanish TV station TV3 Catalunya claim Lille have offered £6.5m for Afellay who is also on the radars of Inter Milan and Schalke.
If Lille are successful in their pursuit of the former PSV Eindhoven man then it could signal the end of Joe Cole's stay at the Ligue 1 club, with a return to Liverpool under the new Brendan Rodgers regime appearing likely.