Tottenham may be forced to sell a number of fringe players in order to be able to afford the asking price that Manchester City have placed on Emmanuel Adebayor.
The former Arsenal striker fell out with City boss Roberto Mancini last season and was originally sent on loan to Real Madrid before sealing a move to Tottenham in the summer.
Adebayor has been an instant success at White Hart Lane and linked well with both Jermaine Defoe and Rafael van der Vaart as the north London club have enjoyed an impressive start to the season.
The Metro believes that Manchester City are asking for as much as £17million for the out-of-favour forward, despite letting Craig Bellamy join Liverpool on a free transfer.
City currently have well publicised problems with striker Carlos Tevez and are resigned to losing the Argentinean during the January transfer window.
With Tevez eager to leave the Etihad Stadium, City may well decide to try and bring Adebayor back to the club or demand a fee close to the £25million they paid back in 2009.
Spurs do have a number of players on the fringes with reports suggesting Sebastien Bassong, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovanni dos Santos could all be leaving the club in January.