The Tottenham defender hinted last week that he would pursue a move away from White Hart Lane if Tim Sherwood’s men failed to finish in the top four this season.

And, according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are ready to pounce as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his back line.

The Merseysiders are looking increasingly likely to return to Europe’s elite competition next season, following another impressive win at Southampton that kept them firmly in the title race.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are struggling to keep pace with the top four, but the club will do everything in their power to keep hold of the highly-rated Belgian, who has been a huge hit since joining from Ajax in 2012.