Tottenham Hotspur have made an enquiry about the availability of Santos midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso after missing out on Joao Moutinho in the summer.

The Portuguese midfielder was high on the list of transfer targets for Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, but a deal could not be completed and Moutinho ended up remaining at Porto.

Tottenham have enquired about the availability of Ganso Reuters

This was compounded as Tottenham lost two instrumental midfielders in the summer with Luka Modric moving to Real Madrid, while Rafael van der Vaart returned to former club Hamburg.

Villas-Boas did manage to bring in reinforcements as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey were all brought to White Hart Lane, but it seems the former Chelsea boss is still searching for another major signing.

The Mirror has reported that Spurs have made a tentative enquiry about the availability of the 22-year-old who is believed to be worth around £8million.

However, one complication could be the ownership issue as Ganso is partly owned by a third-party, which has previously made transfers difficult as West Ham found out when bringing Carlos Tevez to the Premier League.

The attacking midfielder has long been viewed as one of the most exciting talents in South America and has played a crucial role in Santos enjoying plenty of success in recent seasons.

Ganso has already made more than 150 appearances for Santos since bursting onto the scene back in 2008, and was a member of the side which won the Copa Libertadores last year.

He has already won eight caps for Brazil and along with Neymar, is viewed as one of the best players still playing his club football in his home country.

The Mirror believes that Tottenham would have plenty of competition for the attacking midfielder, as Sao Paolo and Fluminese are also interested in signing the player.

Much will depend on the situation at Tottenham in January as it has been a difficult start to the season for Villas-Boas who is yet to secure his first Premier League win with the club.