Tottenham have been scouting Sporting Club de Portugal’s Morten Hjulmand for the ‘last few weeks’ ahead of the summer transfer window.

That’s according to Record, who say Tottenham are starting to build something of a movement towards the midfielder.

They explain that Tottenham scouts were part of an English contingent at the clash against Benfica earlier this week to watch talent from both teams.

Their focus was on Hjulmand in particular, with their interest having been growing over the ‘last few weeks’ to the point where a representative was sent to the game to specifically watch his performance.

Other players were in the spotlight too, but the main target of the trip was to watch over the Danish midfielder and the official came back to England with positive reports on him.

There is a ‘growing enthusiasm’ for the player at Tottenham, where there is an ongoing search for a new defensive midfielder to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s squad given potential departures for Oliver Skipp and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojlund has helped his cause with a high-level performances in win over Benfica, a display which reflected his growing importance for Sporting.

The Portuguese side, for their part, aren’t interested in a sale at this point and will resist all bids for the player, who is their second most expensive signing ever after Victor Gyökeres.

Thus, Tottenham may have to dig very deep indeed if they decide to act on the positive reports they’ve been receiving on the player.