Spurs to return with second bid for Moutinho.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will launch a January bid for Porto star Joao Moutinho – as Spurs mount a major challenge for the Champions League places.
Levy narrowly missed out on Moutinho in August – new manager Andre Villas-Boas had identified his Portuguese countryman as his main target, but the clubs failed to agree terms before the transfer window closed.
Now, Levy has made moves to set the wheels in motion again.
He will try to get Moutinho next month, despite Porto being reluctant to sell – even for £20million-plus.
Porto have qualified for the Champions League’s knockout stages, which begin in February, and president Pinto da Costa insists they will not sell while the club are still in competition and retain a chance of domestic success.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho was the one man Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas believed would guarantee Tottenham Champions League football next season, after the pass-masters wonderful performances at Euro 2012.
Unfortunately for the 34-year-old tactician, Spurs’ deal for his compatriot fell foul of the brinksmanship of chairman Daniel Levy, who waited to transfer deadline day to make a bid.
Although Porto accepted the offer, believed to be in the region of £22m, administrative problems saw the deal collapse, and Levy and Villas-Boas turned to Fulham’s Clint Dempsey instead.
There’s no doubt that the Spurs boss would like another creative midfielder in his team and the North Londoners have also been linked with a move for Ajax wonderkid Christian Eriksen.
But Porto have stressed they will not entertain offers for the 25-year-old in January, while Moutinho, who was thought to be willing to join Spurs in the summer, has said he is happy to remain in Portugal.
The winter transfer window is a notoriously difficult time to sign top players and, judging by Spurs’ additions last January – Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen on free transfers – Villas-Boas should prepare himself for a disappointment.
That said, Levy will know that Tottenham have a very realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and the promise of additional funds from Europe’s elite competition may prompt the thrifty businesses into releasing some cash for his young manager.
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