Houston Dynamo are serious about competing for Tottenham midfielder Giovani dos Santos.

Houston's owners are willing to bankroll a major signing as their designated player - so long as the player identified can make an immediate impact on and off the pitch.

Giovani fits the bill and his resale value is also attractive to Houston.

However, should Spurs make the midfielder available, the MLS club will face stiff competition from Spain and Italy for the former Barcelona starlet's signature.

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