Spurs tracking midfield maestro.
Tottenham are weighing up a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Fernandinho, fanatix has learnt.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the midfielder’s teammate and compatriot Willian but the Portuguese tactician also wants to bring Fernandinho to White Hart Lane.
The club had a bid for Willian rejected in the summer despite chairman Daniel Levy flying to Donetsk in an attempt to finalise a deal.
Levy returned to North London empty handed but it is understood that he also discussed the possibility of signing Fernandinho with Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin.
Along with Willian, the 27-year-old has been one of the stars of the Ukrainians’ fine Champions League campaign this term and he scored in the 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Dombass Arena.
It is understood that Villas-Boas believes that Fernandinho could shine in a central midfield three alongside Sandro and Moussa Dembele but the former Chelsea boss would still prefer to sign compatriot Joao Moutinho from Porto.
Shakhtar are reluctant to sell Fernandinho this month, particularly with a last 16 Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund to look forward to in February, but Spurs are willing to pay in excess of £15m for the Brazilian, who has been capped five times at international level.
Spurs’ interest in both Fernandinho and Moutinho – who is valued at £30m by Porto – has thrown the future of Scott Parker into doubt.
The England international is yet to start a league game this term but did impress from the bench in Saturday’s dismal 0-0 draw at QPR.
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