Tottenham Plot £12m Serie A Raid as Villas-Boas Identifies Luka Modric Replacement

White Hart Lane side keen on Roma midfielder.

Tottenham plan to move for Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic before the transfer window closes next week, according to sources close to the Serie A club.

Andre Villas-Boas last week revealed he wanted to add creativity in midfield and his top target, Porto’s Joao Moutinho, is likely to be outside Spurs’s price range at £25million.

Villas-Boas was also interested in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila but Spurs are now giving consideration to Pjanic, who signed a four-year contract with Roma last summer after joining from Lyon for £8.6million. He is now valued at about £12m.

Sources in Italy claim Pjanic could swap one capital city for another if Roma resist Manchester City’s interest in Daniele De Rossi.

SOURCE: Evening Standard

It seems that regardless of talk that Luka Modric’s move to Real Madrid has broken down the Croatian seems unlikely to return to White Hart Lane, having burned down many bridges back to the club due to the behaviour of the want-away midfielder.

Therefore it makes good sense for Andre Villas-Boas to continue his pursuit of a new creative midfield force and that search has apparently brought him to the Stadio Olimpico and young Bosnian Miralem Pjanic. The 22 year old spent three seasons at Lyon before securing an £8.5m move to Roma.

Last term was a tough one for the Giallorossi, failing to secure European football for this season and leading to the departure of boss Luis Enrique. Nonetheless clever midfield schemer Pjanic made 31 appearances in all competitions but perhaps new boss Zdenek Zeman is open to hearing offers for the youngster.

Any offers may need to be in excess of the £12m quoted by this source but perhaps the chance to move to the Premier Leageu will tempt Pjanic, as indeed may be the chance to play under Andre Villas-Boas who is known to trust to youth.

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