Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly prepared to make a formal approach for Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante.
Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the new season under Ange Postecoglou, collecting 26 points from their opening 12 matches.
However, some momentum was lost before the November international break with defeats being suffered against Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.
Oliver Skipp also provides competition for places, yet it appears that consideration is being given to making a change in the engine room in January.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the North London outfit are ready to try to tempt Roma into selling Cristante.
The 28-year-old has been used in central defence and midfield this season, making a total of 15 starts and one substitute outing in all competitions.
Nevertheless, the report claims that Spurs may be ready to pay as much as €30m (£26.2m) for Cristante in the January transfer window.
A contract until 2027 theoretically strengthens Roma's position, yet they may also want to boost their financial position with a major sale.
That throws open the possibility of a part-exchange, but much will depend on whether Roma are open to doing business when Cristante could play a key role in securing Roma a place in Europe for the next campaign.