After a deal seemed to die, the move could be completed out of the blue before Friday.
Vlad Chiriches could be at Tottenham Hotspur within 24-hours, after a deal for the centre-back seemed to be dead in the water.
The Romanian centre-back was on the cusp of a move to White Hart Lane at the beginning of August, but the deal fell through when Steau Bucharest’s owner George Becali apparently blocked the transfer from within prison.
The Express now claim that the move is back on, and hinges solely on a work permit application.
With 19 caps for Romania already, it seems likely that the work permit should be nothing more than a formality for Chiriches, who will cost Spurs around £7m.
Chiriches would be a fine replacement for Steven Caulker, who left Tottenham for Cardiff City on July 32st. At only 23 years of age and with Champions League experience, Chiriches could prove a useful back up for captain Michael Dawson, PFA Team of the Season nominee Jan Vertonghen and the injury prone Younes Kaboul.
When a deal looked to be finalised for Chiriches earlier in the window, Steau owner and former Romanian MEP Becali allegedly used his one daily prison phone call to speak to the club. He reportedly said: “Who are Tottenham? I’m not a slave to anybody”, and severed the deal. He is currently serving a three-year sentence for damages to the Romanian state.