Daily Mail report.

The 23-year-old Brazilian was substituted in last week’s 0-0 draw against Rangers and the extent of the damage was revealed Friday after he underwent surgery on his right knee.

Despite already having midfielders Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in place Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen to push ahead with a move for M’Vila after being knocked back in his attempt to speed up Lewis Holtby’s summer arrival from Schalke.

The France international, who is rated at knock down £8 million, has been locked in negotiations with Harry Redknapp’s side for much of January, but there is doubt as to whether he wants to sign for a club struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, and Villas-Boas is ready to nip in with a bid and tempt him to White Hart Lane.

Russian giants Rubin Kazan are also interested in signing the talented 22-year-old and have tabled a lucrative financial package but his desire to play in England effectively rules them out of the race, while Everton reportedly harbour ambitions of bringing him to Goodison Park on loan.