Tottenham set to renew transfer interest with summer bid

Joao Moutinho

Long-term Tottenham Hotspur target Joao Moutinho is once again on the Premier League club’s radar after he asked Porto to let him leave at the end of the season.

Spurs thought they had struck a deal last summer, after a £22 million agreement with the Portuguese club, but a delay sending the paperwork to the FA finally put pay to his move to White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas-Boas, who managed the midfielder at Porto, remains keen on signing the 26 year-old, who has also made his move by asking the club to ease his transfer, The Metro claim.

The midfielder talked to his coach Vitor Pereira earlier this week to request for permission to go should a suitable offer for both parts arrived.

Russian giants Zenit Saint-Petersburg, as well as some Italian sides are reportedly interested in the player, but the Portuguese international is keen to be back under Villas-Boas’ management, giving Tottenham the lead in the race for his signature.

The transfer, which is likely to cost a similar fee as what was offered last summer, is planned to be partially funded with the sale of players like Heurelho Gomes, Bongani Khumalo, Danny Rose, David Bentley and John Bostock.

Moutinho has established himself as a regular in both Porto and Portugal national team, and was part of the squad that won the treble (Europa League, Portuguese Liga and Portuguese Cup) with the Dragoes under the guidance of Villas-Boas in 2011.

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