AVB targets Portuguese star

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Joao Moutinho

Tottenham are already brushing themselves down and looking forward to next season after their final day heartbreak yesterday.

A report in today’s Sun says that manager Andre Villas Boas has set his sights on Portuguese star Joao Moutinho. The two worked together for a year at FC Porto and won the Portuguese title and Europa League in the 2010-11 season.

Moutinho can play anywhere across the midfield and although he is a creative player he can also play the holding role. He joined Porto three years ago and has made 112 appearances for the club and helped them win eight trophies.

Long term admirers of Moutinho

AVB had tried to make the 26-year-old one of his first signings when he took charge at White Hart Lane last summer. However, the move fell through and Moutinho stayed and helped Porto to another league title.

Tottenham went on to have a decent season but missed out on Champions League qualification by a single point on the last day of the season. They also went out of the Europa League in the quarter finals after losing on penalties to FC Basel.

Despite the disappointments they won a club record 72 points in the Premier League. A fine achievement when you consider that AVB had to rebuild after losing three key players in Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Ledley King.

Competition from Monaco

They can count themselves very unlucky as this total would have secured Champions League qualification in any other season.

If they can hold on to PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year Gareth Bale and bring in quality internationals like Moutinho there is every chance they will be in the top four this time next year.

It would be a big statement for Tottenahm if they were to bring him in. He is likely to cost around £30m and is also wanted by mega rich French Ligue 1 club Monaco.

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