Everything Tottenham fans need to know about Fernando, Mauricio Pochettino's potential answer to Man City star Fernandinho

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to add more star quality to their side this summer in a bid to challenge for honours.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham Hotspur are one of the most attractive teams to watch in the Premier League behind champions Manchester City.

But Mauricio Pochettino's side have fallen short once again when it comes to challenging for silverware.

Many fans and pundits point to the fact that Spurs' starting XI is almost too good which actually puts quality players off joining if they feel they will play second fiddle to the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christien Erikssen.

The capture of Lucas Moura was a sign that Spurs can attract big names but he has struggled for game time since joining.

Many clubs, Tottenham included, will look at how Manchester City have achieved such a high level this season.

Widely regarded as the fulcrum to that success has been unsung hero Fernandinho in central midfield, a top class defensive midfielder who helps knit Pep Guardiola's side together.

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on...

And if reports in the likes of The Sun are to be believed Pochettino has his eye on signing Tottenham's own answer to Fernandino by showing a keen interest in his fellow Brazilian Fernando at Spartak Moscow.

The all-action midfielder has made a huge impact for Spartak in Russia since his £10million switch from Sampdoria two years ago.

According to The Sun, the 26-year-old's impressive displays have caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs and Spartak are resigned to losing Fernando, who is keen to test himself in one of Europe's elite leagues.

Fernando (L) FC Spartak Moscow vies for the ball with Marko Poletanovic of FC Tosno Saint Petersburg during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Tosno Saint...

Here's five things Spurs fans need to know about Fernando

> His full name is Fernando Lucas Martins and he is small but stocky at 5ft 9

> Fernando replaced Fernandinho at Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013

> He has already changed hands for a total of £30 million in three moves during his career so far

> The midfielder has played eight times for the Brazilian national team

> He is noted for is strong intensity, a powerful and accurate shot and a high output during games, which will suit Pochettino's pressing style

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