Spurs face being ousted in chase for Moutinho

Spurs could be back in the running for Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho, but face being outbid by big-spending French sides Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, reports The Mirror.

Moutinho was linked with a move to White Hart Lane at the beginning of the season, but the deal fell through.

Andre Villas-Boas wants to strengthen his squad in the summer, and still harbours hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League – an attractive offer for any prospective new signings.

However, Monaco are putting together a bid to rival PSG in Ligue 1 next season and it is believed that they have the financial clout to match any bid for the Porto star.

Villas-Boas’ former club Chelsea have also expressed an interest in the player in the past, but it is thought that Monaco could be leading the chase to land the coveted 26-year-old.

Billionnaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is preparing to go all out to lure the player to the Stade Louis II and secure a marquee signing ahead of next season’s assault on Ligue 1, having already secured promotion from Ligue 2 this season.

With Moutinho expected to leave the Portuguese outfit in the summer, it is believed that the former European champions are ready to slap a £20m price tag on him.

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