Tottenham have given up on signing FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, as a replacement for the departing Luka Modric.
Modric is set to complete his move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, after a fee believed to be over £30 million with add-ons, has prized away the Spurs playmaker.
Once the Croatian departs, The Independent reports, that new Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas will be allowed to re-invest in the squad by signing a striker and midfielder.
The Portuguese admitted to the newspaper a fee between Porto and his team is unlikely, “I think its very, very difficult because the level of expectation over price would be very hard to get.
“The player we want costs more [than Modric would be sold for] and we have moved on.”
Chelsea’s ex manager also ruled out moves for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Villa and Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez.
Even with the loss of Modric, competition for places in central midfield is still healthy, with Sandro, Scott Parker, Rafael Van Der Vaart and new-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson all vying for starting berths. However want -away striker Jermain Defoe remains the only senior striker on Tottenham’s books, with no deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor permanently from Manchester City secured yet. The 28 year old was a hit at White Hart Lane last season on loan.