Tottenham are reportedly interested in Genoa defender Rafinha – a previous target for Liverpool.
According to talkSPORT, the north London club are planning an ‘audacious’ move for the Brazilian defender and German publication Das Bild claims summer bid is already in the pipeline.
The 25-year-old is also a reported target for Hoffenheim but Spurs appear to be the early frontrunners for his signature.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is understood to be keen to bolster his defensive ranks when the transfer window reopens after the potential long-term injury to Vedran Corluka added to the ever growing injury list at White Hart Lane.
The Croatian is seeing as specialist in order to discover the extent of the damage inflicted on his ankle at the San Siro as Tottenham beat AC Milan, while Jonathan Woodgate has also been sidelined yet again after making his first appearance in 14 months in the same match.
Rafinha – who only joined Genoa last summer from Schalke – could reportedly be available to Spurs for £11 million but they are likely to face stiff competition in their alleged pursuit.
The Brazil international could have already been playing in the Barclays Premier League had a deal not fallen through in 2009 when he looked almost certain to join Liverpool.
"Liverpool is a top destination," he told the Sunday Mirror at the time. "If a move would suit Schalke as well as myself, we can discuss it."
It had been reported that Liverpool had entered negotiations with Schalke regarding the right-back but a deal to bring him to Anfield could not be reached.
Liverpool instead moved to sign Glen Johnson from Portsmouth and could yet meet the man they missed out on should he make a summer switch to Spurs.
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