Spurs to move for Valencia star

Valencia midfielder JonasTottenham Hotspur are hoping to bring Valencia‘s Jonas to the Premier League in the January transfer window, according to TalkSport.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has been Valencia‘s stand-out player in La Liga so far this season, despite Los Che only winning two from their opening seven league games.

Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be in the market for an attacking midfielder to replace the departed Luka Modric and the Tottenham manager’s close relationship with Valencia sporting director Braulio Vazquez could help him secure the Brazilian star’s signature.

Jonas has three goals and two assists already this season and netted 19 times in all competitions last year. The midfielder currently has six caps and two goals for Brazil and he recently scored both goals in Valencia’s 2-0 victory over Lille in the Champions League.

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The midfield ace, who arrived at the Mestalla in a €1.2 million move from Campeonato Brasileiro side Gremio in January 2011, is reported to be happy at Valencia but may be tempted to a move away if the club’s league position doesn’t improve before January.

It will be the second time Villas-Boas has approached Valencia over the possible signing of one of their top players, with striker Roberto Soldado claiming he turned down an offer to join the North London club in the summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, Spurs have been boosted by reports that defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set to return to training this week after it emerged his knee injury, which has left him sidelined for six weeks, does not require surgery.