Tottenham Hotspur are ready to join the race for Manchester United defender target Eliaquim Mangala, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has set his sights on the 22-year-old as an ‘option’ in the summer transfer window, although the £17million centre back is also wanted by the Premier League leaders.
Indeed, Mangala admitted at the end of March that he was ‘flattered’ to be linked with the Red Devils, but would continue to remain focused on life at FC Porto until they said otherwise.
"I am definitely flattered by the interest of such a big club like Manchester United, any player would be. I have a contract here until 2016 so even if I want to go, Porto will have their say in the transfer," he told Sky Sports.
Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t short of options at the back, with Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all fighting for first team opportunities at Old Trafford.
However, injuries have cost Manchester United both domestically and in Europe in the past, and could explain why Ferguson continues to be linked with players in the position.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have fewer choices at centre back, with Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker, Jan Vertonghen and William Gallas currently available to Villas-Boas.
However, the 35-year-old Frenchman is set to leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season, whilst injury-plagued Younes Kaboul could also be on his way from north London, according to the paper.
That could leave Spurs looking to make a move in the transfer market, and if the club return to the Champions League next season, then