Villas-Boas ready to hijack Chelsea's long-term target Willian
Tottenham Hotspur's Manager Andre Villas-Boas
The 23-year-old Brazilian revealed last week that he was upset when his club rejected an offer from Chelsea but remained hopeful of a move.
Shakhtar want £19million for the attacking midfielder and Tottenham, who lost out to Chelsea over Internacional midfielder Oscar, are considering a bid.
Andre Villas-Boas also had scouts watch Brazil's Leandro Damiao and Hulk last Friday.
Villas-Boas, who was also linked with a loan move for Roma striker Marco Borriello, 30, is keen on Fulham's Moussa Dembele but resigned to losing Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor as talks over his wages hit an impasse.