Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move to sign Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo this summer, according to the Mirror. The 18-year-old is one of the brightest propspects to graduate from the Spanish club's academy and he became the second youngest player to feature in La Liga at the age of 16.
Vanilla has featured regularly for Betis since making his way into the first team in the last two seasons and his style of play has seen him being dubbed as the "next Cristiano Ronaldo". Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen on signing the winger to strengthen the club's midfield for the new season.
The north London club appointed Franco Baldini as their technical director. The report claims the Italian has already stepped up Tottenham's interest and is set to make a firm move to bring Vadillo to White Hart Lane.
The youngster's brilliant run for Betis has seen him earn a call-up for Spain's U19 side for the upcoming U19 European Championships in Lithuania, starting on 20 July. His versatile style of play - he can play either on the left or the right wing - has seen him being linked with a move away from Spain.
The Express reports the north London club have already entered informal negotiations with the player's agent. Premier League champions Manchester United are also monitoring the winger.
David Moyes could offer competition to Tottenham for Vadillo's signature and make an approach for the Spaniard. However, any move from either club will have to persuade the player that a move is in his best interests, something he is aware he must decide.
The winger has hinted he could continue with his employers as he is relishing the chance to start a new season with Betis. The Spaniard is aware of growing competition for his place in Betis' starting lineup and wants to prove his worth as he is hopeful the new season will be good both for him and the club.
"Competition is always healthy, helps improve and be always 100%. This year I have really wanted and I hope that will be a great year for both the team and myself," Vadillo told the club's official website.