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Villas-Boas feels Tottenham should have completed Moutinho deal

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By Adam Mazrani

Wednesday 05 September 2012

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is extremely frustrated at Tottenham’s inability to complete the transfer of Joao Moutinho from Porto on transfer deadline day as the Guardian reports that the two clubs had their deal sanctioned by the Premier League before the 11pm deadline.

It has been claimed that the deal to take Moutinho to Spurs was a club record fee of €25m (£20m) but despite Moutinho’s desire to make the move, the third party ownership of his registration thwarted the move with time running out. Premier League rules forbid third party ownership after the Carlos Tevez saga at West Ham but it appears that the two clubs were unable to come to an agreement with the outside investor and so the deal fell flat. Moutinho had been Villas-Boas’ primary target all summer, with his former manager at Porto believing the Portuguese international to be the perfect replacement for Luka Modric as well as the base of Villas Boas’ preferred 4-3-3 formation. Instead, American Clint Dempsey was signed late on in his place.

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By StanB on 05 September 2012 at 13:01

Yes, but if it all hadn't been left to the last moment maybe the 3rd party issue could have been sorted out, or at least the club would have been aware of it. Everyone knew about AVB's wish for Moutinho weeks ago but Levy clearly though he could save money by delaying. I don't see Dempsey as an alternative to Moutinho in playing terms and the void left by Modric remains unfilled.





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