Spurs are still hoping to sign a creative midfielder after missing out on Willian, especially since everything suggests Gareth Bale will soon be leaving the club.
As a result, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to lure long-term target Hernanes to White Hart Lane before the summer transfer window closes.
And while Lazio chiefs are reluctant to negotiate the sale of their prized asset, they are not in such a good position after the talks over a new contract broke down.
Meanwhile, it is believed the Brazilian midfielder would be interested in a switch to White Hart Lane, with the Biancocelesti proving unable to mount a serious title challenge in Serie A.
Despite being mostly used as a central midfielder, Hernanes has been scoring goals for fun in Italy, having bagged 20 goals in 66 Serie A matches.