Alvaro Pereira

Alvaro Pereira

With the left-back berth quickly becoming a glaring flaw in Tottenham’s starting XI, to such an extent that Jan Vertonghen has been playing at No.3 for the last month or so, the Tottenham gaffer is expected to reignite his interest in several defensive targets in January.

Top of the list remains Inter Milan wingback Alvaro Pereira.

The two worked together at FC Porto, where Pereira and Villas-Boas claimed the Primeira Liga title, a Europa League title and the Taca de Portugal in a single campaign, before the Portuguese was appointed Chelsea boss.

The Uruguay international was linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the summer but rejected notions of a Premier League switch, having spent just 12 months at the San Siro.

Pereira has surprisingly found himself out in the cold this season however, making only two starts in Serie A and appearing just twice more from the bench, and is now expected to be more open to joining up with his former boss in January.

The Italian media have claimed the speculated move is ‘all but agreed’, and Spurs are expected to wrap up the deal for less than the £10million fee that brought the 27 year-old to the Italian top-flight just 18 months ago.