Tottenham are preparing a move to sign Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Javier Pastore as they attempt to find a new target in place of Gareth Bale, according to the Metro. The Welshman has been strongly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, with Real Madrid long been interested in his signature.
And if the reports were to be believed, the 24-year-old has already informed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy about his desire to join the Spanish capital club. The Metro claims that Andre Villas-Boas has identified Pastore as a replacement, should Bale decide to join Madrid in the transfer window.
Pastore joined the Ligue 1 champions in 2011 for a fee of £34m from Palermo. The 24-year-old has been in impressive form in his debut season, scoring 13 goals and registering six assists in the league. However, in the last campaign the Argentine international has been inconsistent, managing four goals in 34 league appearances.
AVB wants to bring creativity in his side's midfield and the former Chelsea manager believes the signing of Pastore would balance the squad, if Bale decides to end his time at the north London club.
Any move from the north London side to land PSG star will not be an easy task. Tutto Mercato Web claims Serie A side AS Roma are also interested in signing Pastore during the transfer window.
However, the playmaker's agent Marcello Simonian has ruled out the recent speculation surrounding his client's future and insisted that Pastore will continue at Parc des Princes.
"Pastore to Rome? Impossible because PSG have never made him available for sale," the Metro quoted Simonian as saying.
Meanwhile, Pastore still believes that he has a lot to improve in his game as he targets to continue with the French champions for the new season.
"I'd give myself a seven out of 10 [for the year]. I have not always been very good, but I believe I have finished the season at a good level. I have to be more consistent though," Pastore explained.
"I am 100% staying at Paris next season. I will never forget that the owners of PSG were the first to trust me. I was one of the first recruits, and I arrived in Paris before Carlo Ancelotti," he added.