The Sun reports that Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Brazil midfielder Oscar. New Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified the Internacional playmaker as an ideal replacement for Luka Modric, who has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.
Oscar, who has been capped six times at the senior level by Brazil, is on the radar of several European clubs after he scored a hat-trick in last year's Under-20 World Cup final against Portugal. The 20 year old almost signed for Tottenham's London rivals QPR in January but his application for a UK work permit was rejected. The report says that Internacional have already rejected an initial offer from Spurs and are now holding out for a fee believed to be around £20mn.
Fulham Interested in Huddlestone
Fulham are considering making a move for Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, according to the Daily Mail. The 25 year old, who could feature only four times last season because of a knee injury, was signed, from Derby County in 2005, by present Fulham manager Martin Jol. Now, however, the Dutch manager is looking for a replacement for the club's former captain Danny Murphy, who joined Blackburn Rovers last week and feels that the Englishman could be the perfect man for the job. Huddlestone, who operates as a holding midfielder, has one year left on his contract at Tottenham.
Schalke Step up van der Vaart Move
Schalke club officials will fly to England this week to hold further negotiations with Spurs regarding a potential move for playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, according to the Metro. The Bundesliga side are understood to be willing to pay £8mn for the Dutchman, while Spurs chairman Daniel Levy values the player at £12mn. van der Vaart, who was a former Hamburg captain, has informed the north London club he is desperate for a move back to Germany. Schalke manager Huub Stevens expressed his interest in the 29 year old's services last month.
"His qualities are tremendous. Schalke won't say no to Van der Vaart. I still know him from our mutual stay at Hamburger SV and would like to join forces with him again," Goal.com quoted Stevens as saying.