The ۲۴ - year - old attacking midfielder has long been linked with a move to England, with Chelsea having previously failed to land him, and numerous bids have been turned down in the past ۱۸ months.

Now Sky Sports can confirm that Spurs are working hard to secure his signature.

Andre Villas - Boas has sanctioned the move for a player who was brought to his attention during his time with Chelsea, and he believes Willian would be an excellent addition to his squad.

However, Spurs have seen their approaches rebuffed and at least two offers have already been rejected by Shakhtar.

The Ukrainian giants have always insisted that they want at least £۲۰million for the Brazil international, who has two years left on his current deal.

Sky Sports understands Spurs are still in talks with Shakhtar, meaning the North London club are trying to push through a deal before next week's transfer deadline.