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Spurs' £22m Moutinho move in doubt

ESPN staff
August 31, 2012 « Champion Stakes next for Frankel | Chartbeat test »

Tottenham are battling to seal Andre Villas-Boas' ideal replacement for Luka Modric, after the reported €27 million (£22 million) deal for Porto's Joao Moutinho hit a stumbling block.

Spurs have experienced more ups and downs than most other Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window, with Villas-Boas announcing on Thursday that he had given up hope of signing both Moutinho and Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian.

A deal for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris also looked set to collapse when Lyon released an official statement claiming Spurs had backtracked on an initial agreement between the two clubs.

However, the news looked rather more positive for Villas-Boas on transfer deadline day, with Moutinho's arrival in London anticipated ahead of a club record transfer.

That situation has taken another twist with the latest revelation that the club is struggling to agree personal terms with the player. A deep-lying playmaker with wonderful vision, Moutinho would provide a like-for-like replacement for Real Madrid new boy Modric.

The Portuguese is one of several players targeted by Spurs on Friday, after Rafael van der Vaart completed his switch to Hamburg.

The deal for Lloris has been revived and looks a certainty to be completed, while links to several wide players continue to surface. However, the proposed exit of Jermaine Jenas to Sunderland appears to be off as situations continue to change every hour.

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