Tottenham are already plotting their next move for Ashley Young after they failed to sign the Aston Villa winger during the summer transfer window.
Harry Redknapp has been chasing the England international for more than a year but Spurs could not agree a deal with Villa following Martin O'Neill's shock departure last month.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had proposed a swap deal involving Ireland captain Robbie Keane, but the clubs could not agree a transfer once Villa had no permanent manager.
Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier is set to be appointed as the new Villa manager on Wednesday and he will have to brace himself for a renewed bid from Spurs for his prize asset.
The Londoners did not make a serious push for Young in the final days of the transfer window as they knew Villa would not sell, but they are now lining up a huge January move.
Tottenham are willing to pay up to £22m for Young and hope to use striker Keane and midfielder Jermaine Jenas as part of the deal.
Levy has indicated to Young's representatives that he would be willing to match his current £65,000-a-week salary on a five-year contract.
Young, 25, is interested in the move because of the lure of Champions League football and a return to London, but the former Watford man will demand a payrise.
Redknapp believes Welsh star Gareth Bale's long-term future is at left back, and wants Young to enhance his attacking options, which already include the likes of Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric.
Young signed for Villa from Watford in January 2007 in a deal worth a total of £9.65m and has been a huge hit in the Midlands.
He is currently with the England squad preparing for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday night after earning his ninth international cap as a second-half substitute against Bulgaria last Friday.