ANDRE Villas Boas has identified Ireland midfielder James McCarthy as one of his main summer transfer targets.
McCarthy, who is due to link up with the Ireland squad in London on Sunday ahead of Wednesday's friendly against England, is almost certain to leave Wigan following the club's relegation to the Championship.
And should Roberto Martinez decide to leave Wigan that is likely to speed up a departure for McCarthy.
The 22-year-old is being tracked by a number of clubs in the aftermath of Wigan's relegation, but Villas Boas is a big fan of the Ireland international.
The Spurs boss was highly impressed with McCarthy's display when Wigan held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw last month and made a point of personally congratulating McCarthy on his performance.
While Wigan can offer McCarthy Europa League football next season thanks to their FA Cup success, a move to Spurs would give McCarthy the chance to play in the top flight.
It would also please Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni, who last week told McCarthy that any move this summer would have to be the right one.
McCarthy hopes to win his 13th senior cap against England next Wednesday on his return to Wembley.