Andre Villas-Boas: "Signing Joao Moutinho for Tottenham Hotspur will be very difficult"

AVB reveals Moutinho interest
© PA Photos
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits that signing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho will be "very difficult".

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted his interest in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, but admits that signing his compatriot will be "very difficult".

Moutinho had an impressive Euro 2012 campaign with Portugal in June and helped his country reach the semi-finals of the competition.

The 25-year-old is rated as one of the more dynamic midfielders in European football, and fellow Portuguese Villas-Boas has conceded his admiration of the former Sporting Lisbon star.

"It will be very difficult to sign him," he said.

"I have experience of Porto and it is a club that sells good products but they are expensive.

"It has been like that with numerous players and that is why it is very difficult."

Tottenham could lose playmaker Luka Modric this summer and Villas-Boas has already eyed potential replacements for the Croatian.

"The targets are identified, it's just a question of how quickly we can close the deals," he revealed.

"It will be dramatic for the club if we cannot find the right replacement but we are looking to strengthen the squad immediately if eventually the transfer goes through."

Tottenham will begin their 2012-13 Premier League campaign with an away game against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Yann M'Vila
Read Next:
AVB rules out M'Vila signing
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
La Liga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account