Garay has been a long-standing target for Manchester United, and even had a deal in place to move to Old Trafford before Sir Alex Ferguson was replaced by David Moyes.

But after a move to Zenit Saint Petersburg fell through in January, the Argentine is almost certain to be back on the market in the summer and Spurs are interested in bringing Garay to White Hart Lane.

Vertonghen has indicated that he wants to play Champions League football next season, and with Spurs increasingly unlikely to be able to offer that, the 26-year-old could be reunited with Andre Villas-Boas - now in charge of Zenit.