Tottenham lining up bid for Zenit St Petersburg defender Criscito

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The Italy international is reportedly being lined up by AVB for a Spurs move

Tottenham Hotspur look likely to dip back into the transfer market come January, with Zenit St Petersburg left-back Domenico Criscito believed to be chief among their targets.

The 26-year-old Italian moved to Russia from Serie A club Genoa back in June 2011, having previously spent time on the books at Juventus, but now appears to be eager to depart the 2008 UEFA Cup winners.

A report published on the Russian site sports.ru indicates that Spurs are eager to land the player, who would bring some much needed experience to the North London team’s back line.

Andre Villas-Boas is thought to have previously scouted the defender during the busy summer months, though the Portuguese boss ultimately failed to table a bid for the highly-rated player.

And the Premier League club could face stiff competition for his signature should they ultimately move for him, with Inter Milan also believed to be in the running to sign the wingback.

A return to Italy and the high-profile setting of the San Siro in Milan could be a tempting prospect to Criscito, but as a player who has already enjoyed success away from his homeland, the opportunity to play in the English top-flight could be an offer too good to refuse.

AVB is thought to be considering a bid for the former Juve man amid concerns over his current left-backs, with youngsters Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton currently sharing the role.

With neither Inter nor Spurs able to offer Champions League football to Criscito though, any January move could ultimately hinge on the Russian team’s progress in the competition.

Criscito’s previous form in Italy prompted Marcello Lippi to name the player in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa, with the player again called up for the Azzurri’s Euro 2012 squad, only to withdraw due to his involvement in a match fixing investigation.

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