New White Hart Lane boss hopes to continue spending.
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS kicked off his summer spending spree as Tottenham boss last night by tying up £8m midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
And Team GB goalkeeper Jack Butland could be next as Villas-Boas begins to make his mark after taking over at White Hart Lane on Tuesday.
Spurs have yet to make an offer for the £8m-rated keeper, but hope to have the 19-year-old signed before the Olympics start.
A £9.5m deal is also in place to bring in Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, with Brazil whizzkid Oscar also on Tottenham’s radar.
Sigurdsson scored seven goals in 19 appearances for Swansea last season, but his arrival at White Hart Lane on a four-year contract could pave the way for the exit of Luka Modric.
The Croatian international has told close friends he wants to join Real Madrid, and hopes to have a move tied up before he is due to return to pre-season training with Spurs on Monday.
Manchester United are also interested in Modric, but he would rather go to Madrid, who hope to offer Gonzalo Higuain in part- exchange.
Villas-Boas tried to sign the Argentina striker when he was in charge at Chelsea.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Tottenham have already made an £11m offer for Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar and have been consistently linked to moves for Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen and those two, of the four named by this source, remain the most likely to make the move to White Hart Lane this summer.
Villas-Boas is wise to look into landing Birmignham City keeper Jack Butland given that his number one, Brad Friedel, is at 41 not exactly a long term option for the North London club. Heurelho Gomes has clearly not impressed between the sticks and Carlo Cudicini is also in the latter stages of his career.
The teenage keeper was part of Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad but is yet to play a first team match for his St Andrews’ side so an £8m asking price could be more than a little inflated.
Real Madrid have chased Luka Modric for most of the summer but appear unwilling to meet Tottenham’s £35m asking price so the suggestion that a player swap may sweeten the deal are not surprising but there seems little chance that Jose Mourinho would want to use Gonzalo Higuain in such an exchange.
Though the Argentine may not be the Bernabeu boss’s first choice option up front the 24 year old is still a very able customer and given that Mourinho doesn’t have all that many recognised strikers he won’t look to see Higuain unless he has a target or two in mind.
Last term Higuain netted 26 goals in all competitions so one can see why Villas-Boas would be keen to beef up his own side’s threadbare attacking options which currently include just Jermain Defoe as Tottenham are yet to pursue a move to sign Man City forward Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis, despite his solid displays during the last campaign.
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