Tottenham are reportedly preparing to make a summer transfer window move for Porto winger James Rodriguez, dubbed the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo', although will have to fend off interest from Manchester United if they are to claim his signature.

According to the Daily Express, Spurs would have to pay £24.8 million to sign the Colombia international, although Manchester United will contest the north London club in their pursuit of the player.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly identified the acquisition of midfield reinforcements as a summer priority with Paul Scholes approaching retirement and Shinji Kagawa in indifferent form, while Rodriguez had initially been mentioned as a replacement for Luis Nani.

The Portuguese, however, would now appear to have a future at Old Trafford - provided he agrees to a new contract - and Rodriguez could be signed to provide competition for Nani rather than succeed him.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have familiar links with Porto given Andre Villas-Boas' successful tenure with the club prior to his move to Chelsea, and this connection may provide Spurs with an advantage over Manchester United in the race for Rodriguez.

The Daily Express claims the 21-year-old could be recruited as a replacement for Gareth Bale, should Spurs finally decide to sell the Welsh star in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain credited with interest.

Bale has scored 20 times in all competitions for Spurs this season, and is the favourite to be named the Premier League's player of the year.

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