Andre Villas-Boas is set to make a move for AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy in the January window and does certainly have the budget, coupled with the desire, to sign a top class, big money striker at the beginning of next year.

Despite the signing of Spaniard Roberto Soldado in the summer, AVB has a hitlist of January striking targets which includes 20-year-old Italian, El Shaarawy.

As well as the Italian, Villas-Boas is also keen on bringing Spain forward, and close friend of Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente from Juventus to London.

Tottenham, it seems, still has funds to spare after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, despite splashing out over £100 million this summer, bringing in a total of eight new signings to White Hart Lane.

El Shaarawy still has over two years remaining on his current contract at AC Milan, but, despite this, reports suggest that Spurs may prise him away from San Siro to help their Champions League aspirations.

With 16 goals, El Shaarawy was the third-highest scorer in Serie A last season, topped only by Antonio Di Natale (23) and Edinson Cavani (29).

With Jermain Defoe expected to move in January, and while Emmanuel Adebayor remains frozen out by Villas-Boas, a striker is certainly what Spurs will require as they continue in their fight for a top four spot this season in the Premier League.

El Sharaawy, however, would cost at least £20million, a price AVB may have to consider carefully, given the Italians age and lack of experience.

At the moment, it seems like pure speculation, but, as January draws closer, gossip involving "The Pharaoh" will be worth keeping tabs on.

Llorente, 28, however, could be a more realistic target. He is struggling to make an impact in Turin after moving from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.

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