If Tottenham Hotspur did not already have enough incentive to show ambition in the transfer market this summer, they certainly do now, with reports indicating that Andre Villas-Boas is happy to snub interest from PSG if Spurs move for three top targets.
According to the Daily Mirror Villas-Boas wants to shake up his attack, with Emmanuel Adebayor heading out the door and David Villa and Leandro Damiao arriving. Speculation regarding Villa’s future has calmed while he is on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup, but Spurs are expected to rival Arsenal for his signature this summer.
Despite some rumours that Spurs would not pursue Damiao this summer, Villas-Boas has apparently made him the Brazilian striker one of his top targets, with the 23-year-old seen as an ideal fit as a lone striker in Spurs’ system.
The third player Villas-Boas has reportedly asked for is Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, who seems to be the closest to completing a move to White Hart Lane.
The Brazilian club admitted recently there was interest from Spurs in Paulinho, and despite some speculation that Inter had already agreed a deal for the midfielder, Tottenham are believed to be the front runners as they are prepared to meet the 24-year-old’s £17million buy-out clause.
Spurs are also hoping that the arrival of Franco Baldini as technical director will help them convince the Portuguese manager to stay at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas was a driving force in bringing a technical director to the club, and with Baldini in place, Spurs should find their efforts to reinforce their squad easier.
In other news, Spurs are considering a move for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez, who spent last season on loan at La Liga side Getafe. The 24-year-old is unlikely to have a regular first team place at Napoli next season, and could be available for £8.4million.
However competition for places in Spurs’ own back four is fierce, and it would be surprising to see Fernandez arrive given that Younes Kaboul’s return to fitness means they have four senior central defenders already at White Hart Lane.
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