Reports suggest Tottenham are considering moves for FC Porto duo Joao Moutinho and Alvaro Pereira this summer.
Andre Villas-Boas has emerged as the odds-on favourite to fill the vacant manager's position at White Hart Lane, with ex-boss Harry Redknapp also admitting the possibility and speculation suggesting that the 34 year old's appointment could be announced by the start of next week. Reports claim that the former Porto boss has been keeping tabs on the two star players at his former club and has now asked Spurs to make an approach for the pair.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is expected to leave north London this summer, with the 26 year old keen on Champions League action and Real Madrid and Chelsea understood to be competing for his signature. Villas-Boas has told Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that Portugal midfielder Moutinho would be an ideal replacement for the Croatian, according to the Daily Star.
The 25 year old, who is comfortable in any of the midfield roles and also on the flanks, has a £40mn release clause in his contract with the Portuguese champions but the report says that he could be available for £32mn.
Tottenham are also poised to move for Porto's left-back Pereira, reports the Daily Mirror. The Uruguayan played under Villas-Boas during the 2010-11 season and the former Chelsea boss is a big admirer of the player and reportedly tried to sign him when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge but failed to reach an agreement with Porto for his services.
Pereira signed a new deal with the Portuguese champions in October but has a release clause in the region of £25.7mn in his contract. The 26 year old is well aware of interest in him from some of Europe's biggest clubs and is open to a move away from the Estadio do Dragao.
"No, I do not know my future. Right now, my future is going on holiday. Then, we will see what happens," the report quoted Pereira as saying.
If Spurs decide to move for the Porto wing-back, it would certainly cast doubts over the future of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.