Tottenham are eyeing a shock deal that could see former star Dimitar Berbatov return to White Hart Lane, in exchange for Lewis Holtby joining Fulham.

The loan deal would last for the rest of the season and would also see Adel Taarabt leave Craven Cottage for a permanent move to AC Milan.

Taarabt leaving the club would allow Fulham to acquire another domestic loan before the January transfer window shuts on Friday.

Spurs have insisted anyone interested in taking Holtby on loan will have to pay his £75,000 wages in full.

It’s understood Fulham are willing to do this as they will avoid paying a loan fee and would be allievated of Berbatov’s £80,000 wages going in the other direction.

The 32-year-old is understood to be interested in the prospect of returnung to White Hart Lane on a temporary basis as Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy looks to fill the gap left by Jermain Defoe.

Fulham could replace Berbatov with Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is valued at more than £12m, with talks thought to still be on-going between the clubs.

Boss Tim Sherwood recently admitted the club weren’t actively seeking to sign new players in January, but did concede Holtby could leave to get more first-team action.

“We are not actively looking. Unless something drastically happens with the squad between now and Friday, then I will be.

“I’m happy with the squad. We brought in seven players and I trust the players to take us forward until the end of the season.

“I like Holtby – he is one of the best trainers we have got. They want to play and you have to be fair to the player.

“You need to do what is best for the club.”

Berbatov is in the final five months of his contract at Fulham.