Barca look to wreck Spurs' defender target hopes

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Spurs face a fight with Barcelona for the signature of Sporting Lisbon utility player Joao Pereira.


The Catalan giants have shown an interest in a player who can play in both defence and midfield, according to Talksport, though Tottenham have been tracking him for some time.


Harry Redknapp was reported to be ready to make a move to bring the 27-year-old to White Hart Lane in January.


Events have now taken a twist with the knowledge that Barca manager Pep Guardiola has taken a liking to the player.


A number of Barclays Premier League clubs are thought to be tracking the Portuguese international, but Spurs had been leading the race to sign him.


A bid in the region of £11million had been previously suggested, though this may no longer be correct now Barcelona have indicated their interest.


Any bidding war is likely to be won by the reigning Spanish and European champions, with Spurs’ budget restricted this year due to missing out on Champions league football.


Pereira, who has represented Portugal 11 times, would likely be a replacement for Vedran Corluka, who is said to be unhappy at the lack of football at White Hart Lane and pushing for a transfer.


Other than the Croatian, Redknapp does not have any back-up for England international Kyle Walker at right back, though Pereira’s versatility means he could slot into a number of positions.

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