Spurs target 'El Pirata' playmaker addition - reports

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Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a £12.3 million move for Spanish midfielder Esteban Granero.

The Real Madrid playmaker, who can also play as a second striker and is nicknamed 'the pirate', has found first team opportunities limited since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, and is thought to be looking for an exit from the Spanish capital.

Daily Mail reports claim Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made an offer for the 24-year-old, with the paper claiming the move is a clear indication that the north Londoners are prepared to sell Luka Modric this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur have so far stood firm over the Croatian, with chairman Daniel Levy insisting the player will not be sold in the transfer window despite interest from Barclays Premier League rivals Chelsea.

A product of the Madrid academy, Granero spent two years with Getafe between 2007 and 2009 before returning to the Santiago Bernabeu two years ago.


However, after making just eight starts under the Special One last term, an exit could be on the cards with Spurs now in pole position to bring the player to White Hart Lane.

Rafael Van der Vaart, who moved to Tottenham Hotspur from Madrid on deadline day last summer, could play a part in convincing the player to follow in his footsteps and move from La Liga to the Barclays Premier League.

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