Tottenham are poised to hijack Liverpool's £20million move for Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers looked to be pole position to land the talented attacking midfielder, but Spurs have now entered the race to land the Armenia international.

It is understood Mkhitaryan's advisors have held initial talks with Tottenham chiefs regarding a possible move to White Hart Lane next season.

Spurs are currently focused on completing a £17million move for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, who is expected rubber-stamp his switch after Sunday's Confederations Cup final.

But once the Brazil international's move is over the line, Tottenham will look to make progress on other targets - with Mkhitaryan one of the options being considered.

Mkhitaryan is fast becoming one of the most sought after players in European football this summer.