Fredy Guarin
Fredy Guarin started 26 games for Inter Milan last season and impressed in the heart of midfield. [Reuters]

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to be reunited with former midfielder Fredy Guarin as he seeks to convince Inter Milan to part with the highly rated Colombian.

Guarin was a member of the Porto side that won a memorable treble under Villas-Boas back in 2011 before initially being loaned to Inter Milan and then joining the Italians on a permanent deal worth around £11.5m.

The Colombia international started 26 league games last season but it was a disappointing campaign for Inter Milan who eventually lost patience with manager Andrea Stramaccioni and replaced him with former Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri.

Reports in Italy and in the Daily Express believe that Tottenham want to profit from the situation at Inter and will make an offer of £17m for the powerful midfielder.

Tottenham do have plenty of options in midfield but there have been question marks over the future of Scott Parker, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone who suggested he may leave in order to find more regular first team action.

Guarin has the ability to break up play in midfield but he can also start and finish attacks, as demonstrated at Porto where he scored some truly spectacular goals.

Inter president Massimo Moratti is said to be willing to listen to offers for Guarin so that the club can pursue their pursuit of Juventus' Mauricio Isla and former out of contract AC Milan midfielder Matthieu Flamini.

Guarin would certainly bring plenty of top level experience having played in the Champions League for Porto, whilst also having a winning mentality after helping the Portuguese club win the league title and the Europa League.

He is also a member of an exciting Colombian side that features some of the brightest talents in world football with James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez all making headlines with their performances across Europe last season.

Spurs will hope that Guarin's success under Villas-Boas may persuade the midfielder to choose a move to Spurs despite the club missing out on Champions League football.