Villas-Boas 'impressed' by Harmash

Denys Harmash
Harmash impressed at the heart of the Ukraine midfield both at Euro 2012 and at Wembley earlier this month. Photo: PA

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a swoop for Dynamo Kiev's Ukrainian international midfielder Denys Harmash, according to reports in Russia.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas watched Harmash play a key role in Ukraine's 1-1 draw against England at Wembley earlier this month, and is said to see the 22-year-old as a cheaper alternative to previous midfield target Joao Moutinho.

"I watched England's match against Ukraine at Wembley with Villas-Boas," football agent Sandor Varga told Russian newspaper Izvestiya this week. "He was very impressed with Denys Harmash.

"Tottenham are looking for a central midfielder, but couldn't reach agreement with Villas-Boas' favoured candidate, his compatriate Joao Moutinho.

"Harmash represents a brilliant alternative to the Porto midfielder," Varga added.

The Dynamo Kiev player has eight caps for his country, and impressed at Wembley alongside his more experienced counterpart Anatoly Tymoshchuk at the heart of Ukraine's midfield.

And with the player valued at around £4.5million, Harmash would represent a considerable cost saving on Moutinho, who Spurs failed to land in the summer despite bidding £20million plus add-ons for the Portuguese.