Tottenham Hotspur face a January transfer battle with Juventus in the race to sign highly-rated Brazilian playmaker Willian, according to reports.

TalkSPORT claims the reigning Serie ‘A’ champions are in ‘pole position’ to sign the 24-year-old, who is valued in the region of £25 million. However, Shakhtar Donetsk are hoping for a fee in the region of £30 million for the player.

The two-cap international has built a big reputation in the Ukraine after switching to the Donbass Arena in 2007, moving from Corinthians for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million.

A constant performer on the Champions League stage, Willian showed his credentials once again on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw against the Bianconeri.

Juventus made contact immediately after the game, according to the talkSPORT report.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas might take solace from Willian’s remarks in the summer however, after a bid in the region of £11.8 million from the Premier League outfit was rejected.

"I don't regret having come here, but I regret what's been going on with this situation. Chelsea tried to sign me, now Tottenham Hotspur, so I have to rethink," said the player in August.

Were Spurs able to lure the player to White Hart Lane, he’d be joining compatriots Sandro and Heurelho Gomes in north London.

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