Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas is working hard to ensure Tottenham improve their squad significantly over the summer. [Reuters]

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is preparing for a busy few weeks as he finally looks to conclude a number of deals that will see several new faces arrive at White Hart Lane this summer.

With so much speculation over the future of star forward Gareth Bale there has been little activity in the transfer market from Spurs who are determined to keep the 23 year old out of the grasp of Real Madrid.

While Bale considers his future, Villas-Boas and new technical director Franco Baldini have been working hard to identify a number of transfer targets that can help the club finally break into the top four.

Brazilian midfielder Paulinho has confirmed that he will move to Tottenham in a club deal worth £17m, while the Evening Standard reports that David Villa is also in discussions over a possible £8.6m move from Barcelona.

Yesterday Dinamo Zagreb confirmed that Spurs were in negotiations over Croatian teenagers Alen Halilovic and Tin Jedvaj who would cost a combined £17m.

The two would be viewed as players for the future and would not be part of the quintet that Villas-Boas is looking to sign to make an instant impact in the first team.

With Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe both enduring difficult seasons in front of goal, there may well be a need for Tottenham to secure two new forwards this summer in order to compete with the top four.

Valencia's Roberto Soldado has been linked with a move to north London, while Internacional striker Leandro Damiao is still on the club's radar despite injury preventing him from playing in the Confederations Cup for Brazil.

The Brazilian's teammate Bernard has also been strongly linked with Tottenham, and the fact that Paulinho has already moved to the club may well help in persuading the attacking midfielder to make the move.

With new arrivals imminent it also means that Villas-Boas must look to free up room in his squad and cut the wage bill.

The Standard reports that Spurs will listen to offers for midfielders Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey, while left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto may also be moved on after struggling to impress Villas-Boas last season.

Jake Livermore may well be sent out on loan but Heurelho Gomes is likely to leave on a permanent basis after spending the second half of last season on loan at Hoffenheim.

Reports also suggest that Tottenham will listen to offers for strikers Defoe and Adebayor as Villas-Boas looks to sign forwards who can fire more than twenty goals in the league and help the club secure a top four finish.