Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.
The Daily Mail claims that the Portuguese international full-back is Andre Villas-Boas’ preferred choice in the position, although Luke Shaw is another option for the north London club.
Coentrao has recently been linked with a move to Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho setting his sights on the 25-year-old.
The pair worked together during their time at Real Madrid, with ‘the Special One’ bringing the player to the Santiago Bernabeu from Benfica in the summer of 2011.
They won the La Liga title together the following season – Los Blancos’ 32nd and last domestic championship to-date.
The same paper reported last month that Chelsea were plotting a loan move for the player, in a move which would cast doubt over Ashley Cole’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Cole was out of the Blues first team through injury, and has now fallen behind Cesar Azpilicueta in the pecking order.
Coentrao’s arrival would put the England international’s future at Chelsea further in doubt, but there is now competition for his signature.
Tottenham Hotspur have struggled at left back this season, with Jan Vertonghen playing out of position to plug the gap at White Hart Lane.
The options are limited behind the Belgian, with Danny Rose currently injured and Kyle Naughton yet to prove himself at the highest level for Spurs.
Coentrao would add quality and experience in the position in north London, although Tottenham Hotspur will know that landing such a big name in the New Year won't be easy.
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