Andre Villas Boas was close to landing Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho at the end of the transfer deadline but the move did not materialise. Such a move now looks less likely to happen in the future, after the Spurs boss ruled out another move for him.
It had been widely reported that Spurs would pursue Moutinho again in the January transfer window, however is appears the Portuguese manager is moving on, London 24 report.
“It’s not likeable that we will go back in January. Generally the market is very difficult and very expensive, and it’s highly unlikely that we will continue to pursue that transfer because by then we will have [Scott] Parker coming back, and he’s a player that we want to come back as soon as possible.
“He’s a player who had maximum importance for this club last season and we feel that he can add so much to the squad that we are waiting for the moment when he can come back, so it’s just a question that we have to reassess at that time.”
Moutinho had an exceptional European Championships and with the loss of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, AVB pinpointed the Porto playmaker as a ready-made replacement. A fee appeared to be agreed late into the evening on transfer deadline day but the personal terms could not be agreed.
However, Spurs had already bought in Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey in the summer, leaving AVB' with options in the centre of Tottenham's midfield.