Tottenham Came Close To securing deal

Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that the club were extremely close to signing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho on transfer deadline day in a deal that would have broken the clubs record transfer fee.

However, the former Porto and Chelsea manager claimed that the player’s personal details were the issue behind the deal not going through and that he is pleased with the business Spurs have done this summer.

“The deal was almost done but there were problems with the contract. It was always a difficult deal to complete and we were ready for it not to happen,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.

“The player terms were agreed a little bit late but I am extremely happy with the amount of players we have.”

Spurs added the much wanted midfielder Clint Dempsey to their squad in the dying minutes of the transfer window as well as Lyon ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.

Despite a poor start to the season that sees Spurs still looking for their first win, Villas-Boas seems to have unfinished business in England and despite Moutinho’s deal falling through, he has the squad to challenge the Champions League places this season.