Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Spanish giants Barcelona in the race to sign highly-rated Serie ‘A’ playmaker Miralem Pjanic.

The 22-year-old Bosnian international was linked with a move to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window, and has again appeared on the Spurs radar in recent weeks.

However, talkSPORT now claims that Andre Villas-Boas faces a battle for the player’s signature, with both Barca and Newcastle United tracking the Roma star.

La Gazetta dello Sport reports that Pjanic’s relationship with manager Zdenek Zeman has deteriorated to the extent that the 37-cap international will be sold at the end of the season, creating a potential transfer battle for the player in the Eternal City.

Spurs let an attacking midfielder leave north London in the summer, with Croatian international Luka Modric sold to Real Madrid.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey were drafted in as a replacement, but with neither hitting top form at this stage for Tottenham Hotspur, the former Metz starlet could provide Villas-Boas with another attacking option in the New Year.

Barcelona aren’t short of players in the position, but manager Tito Vilanova is tracking the player, according to the report, and could look to add another star of the future at the Nou Camp in 2013.

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