Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to sign Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba.
After impressing in Ligue 1 during the recent campaign, the 18-year-old has been heavily linked with Arsenal, who see the youngster as a key part of their future.
The Gunners have allegedly agreed to pay the required £27m fee in installments, while also allowing Saint-Etienne to keep Saliba for another season.
However, according to BBC Sport, Spurs are looking to edge out their North London rivals by making a bid of their own.
The report does not suggest whether Saliba would still remain at Saint-Etienne for another 12 months, although Spurs are likely to be in a position where they can pay a fee upfront.