North Londoners will not be following up interest in Portugal international.
Tottenham Hotspur look like missing out on their number one target of the January transfer window, Porto midfield player Joao Moutinho, says the Daily Mail.
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas tried to bring the highly-rated Portugal international to White Hart Lane last summer, only for the £20 million deal to fall through at the very last minute due to the presence of third-party ownership in the player’s contract at the Dragao.
The North Londoners opted to sign Fulham midfield player Mousa Dembele in Moutinho’s place and he has had an impressive season to date, while the club have also agreed a deal to sign Schalke 04 midfield player Lewis Holtby at the end of this season, meaning the need for Moutinho has lessened greatly.
However, a whole host of other clubs across the Continent are believed to still be interested in signing the 26-year-old, although not in the January transfer window, including Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Spurs, though, will not be re-entering the race for the player, despite the news that his contract at Porto has now been tweaked so as to remove the third-party ownership clause, with the club having bought that 15 per cent stake for £3m from an investment company.
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