The Argentine frontman has fallen down the pecking order with the Ligue 1 champions following the arrival of Edison Cavani in the summer.

And with doubts over his World Cup place if he fails to play regular football this season Lavezzi wants to quit Paris in January – and Spurs are leading a queue of potential suitors.

Lavezzi is seen as the number one target with his proven class in European football being a major plus point while he would also add significant quality either up front or on the wing.

The 28-year-old would cost around £15million and is one of three possible arrivals being lined up with Villas-Boas especially keen on adding to his forward line.