Tottenham are ‘open to negotiating’ with Atletico Madrid for midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg this summer, but the Spanish side are yet to match their demands.

That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who suggest that could be about to change at injuries have created a bigger need for Atletico to make a signing in that area.

The newspaper explains that Diego Simeone told Andrea Berta and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín that he wanted a number five for his team this season and while that message was received, the player is yet to arrive.

The need for the reinforcement to be secured before the end of the transfer window is evident, though, particularly after midfielder Koke picked up an injury last weekend.

That injury is not expected to be serious and will be assessed properly this week, but it has highlighted the lack of options in the role and so Atletico need to move to fix it.

Those higher up at the Wanda Metropolitano continue to work on the matter and Tottenham’s Højbjerg is the name ‘on pole’ at this moment in time.

He was first linked all the way back in June and the reports have continued since that point, with the latest at the end of last month stating that he was seduced by the idea of the month and already had an agreement in place.

The Dane has barely featured under Ange Postecoglou since his arrival this summer and was not handed a single minute in the 2-2 draw against Brentford on the opening day of the season.

Tottenham are ‘open to negotiating’ a deal for him, but Atletico have not yet reached the demands put in place by Spurs.

That stance could be about to change, though, as Koke’s injury is ‘reinforcing the request’ by Simeone earlier this summer.