Tottenham are interested in Lille defender Sven Botman.
But the North Londoners face competition for his signature from Liverpool and Inter Milan.
France Football says Spurs want to convince the Dutch centre-back, 21, to head to the Premier League.
There were suggestions Tottenham had already secured a deal.
But the report insists nothing is agreed just yet with either the club or the player's representatives.
However, Spurs will be hopeful of landing a deal - expected to be around £40m.
Liverpool, though, may try their luck again.
The Reds were linked with Botman in January before signing Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak as defensive cover amid Jurgen Klopp's injury woes.