Spurs boss Villas-Boas targets Roma playmaker Pjanic

Tottenham look set to raid new director of football Franco Baldini’s former club Roma with an offer for £15m-rated midfielder Miralem Pjanic, reports The Mirror.

Baldini is believed to have contacted his replacement at Roma, Walter Sabatini, about the possibility of the north Londoners taking the 23-year-old to White Hart Lane.

Pjanic moved to Roma from French outfit Lyon two years ago, and has impressed during his time in Serie A. At only 23, he has also already earned over 40 caps for his native Bosnia.

The Italian club are believed to be desperate to hold on to a player they feel will finally be able to fulfill his potential at Stadio Olimpico, having looked to firmly establish himself in his favoured attacking midfielder role last season.

He scored twice during Roma’s 4-1 friendly win over Toronto FC on Wednesday, and manager Rudi Garcia was keen to heap the praise on the Spurs target, saying: “What Miralem did last year I do not care. The Pjanic I see today is what I’ve known in France.”

Sky Sports Scout once described Pjanic as “an old-fashioned playmaker [who] has immediately impressed the observers with huge technical qualities.”

That statement was made while the player was still at Lyon, but his evident contentment at Roma may make it difficult for Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas to convince the player that his future lies at White Hart Lane – if negotiations were even to get that far.

With Roma so keen to hang on to their man, a considerably sizeable offer is likely to be needed to tempt the club to discuss business.

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