Mkhitaryan wanted as Modric replacement at Tottenham - Report

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Reports in Russia have claimed Spurs are to move to freescoring Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Tottenham are the latest side to be linked with Shakhtar Donetsk's sensational Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

A report in one of Russia's largest national newspapers, Izvestia  reports that Mkhitaryan is wanted to replace Luka Modric who left White Hart Lane last summer.

Mkhitaryan currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk, and it was reported earlier this month that his advisors had been instructed to clinch him a summer move to one of Europe's top teams.

He was linked a fortnight ago with Chelsea as a replacement for the outgoing Frank Lampard, and at 24-year-old feels he is ready to test himself in a new league.

As well as being the captain for the Armenian national team, Mkhitaryan has an impressive record.

This season for Shakhtar he has scored an incredible 19 goals in 20 games, with seven assists in the Ukrainian Premier League, with two goals in the Champions League.

Intriguingly, Mkhitaryan shares the same agents as Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, which could be of benefit to Spurs when it comes to negotiations.

However supporters should not get ahead of themselves just yet; as Izvestia reports that Spurs are only likely to pay big money for the attacker if Gareth Bale is sold, with Alvaro Negredo the other top target.

Mkhitaryan likes to play behind the striker, in a similar role to which Rafael van der Vaart used to occupy at Spurs- not really the Modric role which Izvestia have tagged him for. It was one which Lewis Holtby was expected to be bought to excel in; but given the German's comments this week that he wants to play a deeper role in midfield, signing a player like Mkhitaryan could just make sense.

The problem is that Shakhtar are not short of money, especially after cashing in on Willian in January, and will look to spark a bidding war for such a key player. 

Whether Daniel Levy wishes to involve Spurs in that is unlikely, unless his hand is forced via a sale of Bale, but with the Welshman contracted to the club until 2016, Tottenham are in a position of strength and do not have to give any quarter.

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