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Tottenham Hotspur are considering an approach in signing Shakhtar Donetsk star Bernard on loan in January, according to the Metro.

The 21-year-old has been a transfer target for several clubs across Europe last summer after his impressive spell with Atletico Mineiro during the last season. Spurs were also amongst the clubs linked with a move for the playmaker, while their arch rivals Arsenal were also reportedly keen on his signature.

Bernard rejected a chance to join the English outfits and signed for Shakhtar in the summer. However, since joining the Ukrainian champions, the Brazilian international has failed to replicate his Mineiro form for his current employers.

This has seen his playing time being reduced and has failed to cement a place in Shakhtar's starting lineup.

The report claims that Spurs manager Tim Sherwood is looking to take the opportunity of the situation and try to lure Bernard to join the north London club on loan for the remainder of the season.

Spurs' summer signing Nacer Chadli's agent has already admitted that he is looking for a loan move away from White Hart Lane, while Lewi Holtby's representative has revealed that the German midfielder is unhappy with the current situation at the club.

Sherwood is open to sanction the sale of few first team players in the ongoing transfer window, which could make way for Bernard to join the north London side on loan in January.

Should Bernard join the north London side on loan in January, he is likely to strengthen Spurs' squad and would improve their chances of finishing in top four.

Meanwhile, Spurs make a trip to Wales for the next Premier League fixture as they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Sherwood has set his sights on registering another victory in the league against the Welsh club.

"I think that we've just got to take every game as it comes. We know that they have got threats and we know if we play well we should go there and win the game. We have to obviously be professional enough to go and do it," Sherwood told Spurs' official website.

"They've got great strength in depth there but they've certainly got players who we know on Sunday will be ones to watch out for. We have to make sure that we impose ourselves on them."