Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are set to fight it out for the signature of Brazilian International Vagner Love at Russian Champions CSKA Moscow when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports.
24-year-old Love has been at CSKA since joining from Brazilian side Palmeiras in 2004 for a fee in the region of £4million and has scored 48 goals in 100 appearances during his time at the Luzhniki Stadium and has 21 caps for Brazil.
The Brazilian striker had been linked with a move to Premier League side Everton on loan during the summer, with a view to a £12million permanent move to the Toffees, but this failed to materialise and the forward remained with the Russian Champions.
However, Love is experiencing off the field problems at CSKA, with the striker having to employ bodyguards for his family in the light of kidnap threats and is seeking a move away from Moscow to the Premiership.
CSKA are insisting Vagner stays until the end of the Russian season in November and the Brazilian has insisted he will review his options then, with Spurs and City both reportedly ready to offer Vagner the stage to parade his talents in England.
Love said: "I will have to speak with CSKA and review my options. If there is something clear I will consider it, because an offer from England is always attractive.
It is believed that Vagner would favour a move to the Eastlands with City rather than White Hart Lane, with the prolific forward eager to link-up with former CSKA team-mate Jo along with fellow countrymen Elano, Robinho and Glauber, who are all currently at Mark Hughes’ side.