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Tottenham are working against the clock to complete a deal worth roughly £25 million for Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, sources have told ESPN FC.

Spurs are locked in talks with the Ligue 1 club over a fee, with PSG targeting a deal worth €30m (£26.4m) for the 25-year-old winger. The French club, who have already lowered their asking price from €40m, could ultimately settle for around €25m (£22m).

Moura met Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino in London last week and the club are confident they have agreed personal terms with the Brazilian, who earns around £75,000-a-week at the Parc des Princes.

But they are conscious of the need to arrange a work permit for Moura before the 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, shortly after the end of their Premier League match against Manchester United.

Lucas Moura is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January.

Moura, who has won 36 caps for his country, should not have difficulty being granted a permit but that process, and a medical, remain outstanding.

Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with Moura and the imminent departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Spurs’ rivals Arsenal could yet see the German club enter the bidding.

Spurs also remain keen on signing Bordeaux’s Malcom for the start of the summer but any deal for the Brazilian, 20, can be agreed outside the winter window, so they are in no hurry to table a firm bid.

Spurs youngster Luke Amos, who was on the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newport County, is expected to leave the club on loan before the end of the month, with League Two side Stevenage Borough currently the favourites to sign the midfielder.

Kyle Walker-Peters is also interested in a loan move to play regular first-team football, but Spurs want to keep the 20-year-old as cover.

Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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