Tottenham are said to be considering a serious approach for Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, the London Evening Standard understand.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is a huge admirer of the much coveted Denmark international and has been alerted to his possible availability after he declined to sign a new contract in Holland.

The 20-year-old’s contract will expire at the end of next season and the Eredivisie giants are now pondering whether to cash in and sell him now rather than let him run down his current deal and leave on a free transfer.

It’s believed that Eriksen’s future was discussed in the summer while the two clubs finalised Jan Vertonghen’s move to White Hart Lane and, although Ajax were unwilling to let him leave at the time, circumstances have changed with reports suggesting a £20million will be enough to prise him away from the Amsterdam Arena.

Despite a usually frugal approach in the winter window Tottenham are prepared to put their cheque book through its paces in the New Year as Villas-Boas looks to strengthen his squad along with his chances of leading the club back into the Champions League this season and keeping Gareth Bale in North London.

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Willian remains a prominent name on his transfer wish list, but the Portuguese coach may have to wait until the summer as the Ukrainian outfit believe keeping the 24-year-old Brazilian international significantly boosts their chances of winning Europe’s elite club competition.