By Derek Smithson
Tottenham are keen to reignite their interest in Barcelona ace Andre Gomes in January, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that Spurs are set for a fresh move to try land the midfield destroyer when the transfer window re-opens and could face competition from West Ham.
It is understood that the North London club were close to signing the 24-year-old on deadline day on a season-long loan, but the bid failed as Barcelona pulled the plug at the last minute as they were unable to find a replacement.
The report details Spurs believe the Portugal international will become available again in January and that they are in pole position ahead of West Ham if he is allowed to leave Camp Nou.
Gomes is recognised as a midfield enforcer that usually operates in a box-to-box with strong attacking and defensive qualities.
He only moved to Spanish giants Barcelona last summer, but endured a troubling first season as he failed to settle in the starting XI.
The midfielder was often used out of position and has managed just three goals and three assists during 47 appearances.
However, he has built up his reputation during his time with Valencia and his national side Portugal, where he has proven he can dictate games from the centre of the park.
Football Insider verdict:
Gomes favoured a move to Spurs in the summer to work with Mauricio Pochettino and the Premier League club should certainly try another move in the summer. The midfielder is a big physical presence in the centre and looks tailor-made for English football. He is technically gifted too and has the passing qualities that would make him a success at Spurs. Pochettino needed an extra midfield body to thicken up his squad and bringing another face in January could still help them if they are competing in domestic and European competitions in the latter stages.
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