Liverpool have taken a blow in their bid for Todd Cantwell after Tottenham ramped up their efforts.
The Norwich star has been a shining light at Carrow Road this campaign.
The 22-year-old has been an ever-present for the Canaries in the Premier League , making 30 appearances.
In the process he has scored six and assisted two and it has led to strong interest in him.
With Norwich staring at relegation, it appears Daniel Farke may sell up with Cantwell proving his ability in the top tier.
Several sides have taken an interest, including Liverpool and Tottenham and a summer battle is expected.
The Reds had been monitoring the Englishman's situation but Spurs look like they have jumped ahead of the queue.
According to Football Insider, Jose Mourinho will see efforts ramped up for his signature.
Spurs have a track record of signing young players and building them into key players, such as Dele Alli.
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Football Insider go on to state that Tottenham can offer Cantwell more first-team opportunities compared to that at Liverpool.
At Anfield, Jurgen Klopp favours a more defensive-minded midfield with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho.
With the departure of Christian Eriksen, an opening as come up in north London.
Cantwell put in a fine performance against Spurs in the FA Cup on Wednesday night which saw Norwich win on penalties.
The youngster scored in the shootout in confident manner, playing some keepy-ups before slotting his spot-kick into the corner.
It follows their win over Leicester as Norwich hope to remain in the Premier League.
"We always talk about momentum," he said. "We've just managed to beat Leicester and now we've beaten Tottenham away.
"We've spoke about togetherness and character pretty much all season and there's nothing like showing it in that fashion.
"It was a tiring game. We did so well to get back into the game, I think we deserved it. We put so much into the game so, going into extra-time, it was hard to find that extra gear again."
As for Norwich, Cantwell's contract expires in 2022 and selling now could be in their best interest.
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