Andre Villas-Boas might have taken over the reins at Tottenham Hotspur only this week but the young Portuguese manager has been busy plotting behind the scenes, with the Daily Star reporting that he is training his eyes on Palermo stopper Emiliano Viviano. Spurs face competition for the keeper from across North London as Arsenal have also shown their interest in the Italian. The 26 year old is also a target for Fiorentina, who are in strong pursuit as they are set to lose their number one keeper Artur Boruc in the summer.
Viviano is currently co-owned by Inter Milan but they are set to sell their 50% stake in the player in the coming weeks, thus paving the way for Palermo to go ahead with their business. As for Spurs, they are in need of a long-term solution between the posts as Brad Friedel is already in his 40s while the other two stoppers in their books, Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes aren’t expected to become the first-choice keepers.
Arsenal need a competent backup for Wojciech Szczesny after offloading Manuel Almunia, but with the Robin van Persie saga engulfing the club, they are unlikely to push forward to sign VIviano anytime soon.