Tottenham target Stephan El Shaarawy in January

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Tottenham Hotspur are planning a January move for AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The 20-year-old Italy international - who is rated at around £20million - is on a list of ambitious targets that the north London club will attempt to sign when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas strengthened his attacking options with the summer addition of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

And, although the hitman has started the season in good goalscoring form, the Portuguese tactician is keen to add to the seven new signings recently brought in at White Hart Lane, by negotiating a deal for El Shaarawy.

With Jermain Defoe expected to leave Tottenham in January, and Emmanuel Adebayor frozen out of the first-team, the Serie 'A' star would be a welcome arrival to the squad.

Despite the influx of new faces, Spurs almost broke even in terms of money spent, with the world-record £85million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid off-setting the majority of the club's outlay.

Daniel Levy also oversaw the exits of fringe players Steven Caulker, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, which also freed up some space on the Tottenham wage-bill, as the club continue their overhaul of the squad in pursuit of Champions League football in 2013/14.

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