Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he is disappointed transfer target Willian did not choose to move to a better standard of league.

Both Spurs and Chelsea were linked with a move for the Brazilian but it emerged on the transfer deadline day that his club, Shakhtar Donetsk, had accepted an offer from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The big-spenders out of Dagestan reportedly had a whopping €35million bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

Willian had seemed certain to make a switch to the Premier League after being linked with the White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge outfits for some time.

Villas-Boas claimed the two Premier League sides had been priced out of the move for him and lamented the fact that the talented playmaker was set to make a move to an inferior league.

“Willian is a very difficult situation; he is rated very highly by Shakhtar to a point where European clubs can't compete for him,” the Portuguese is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“His transfer was made by a crazy amount of money. He has moved to a league which is the same as the Ukrainian league.

“It's a pity that a player of that talent cannot move to a better league because his talent deserves that, but I wish him well at Anzhi.”

Many Tottenham fans criticised the club for their failure to make more new signings in the January transfer window.

Chairman Daniel Levy did manage to bring forward Lewis Holtby’s move from Schalke 04, but the real concern for Spurs fans was that no striker was brought in when the club appear to have a shortage.

Jermain Defoe is currently the only senior centre-forward at White Hart Lane, as Emmanuel Adebayor is away with Togo on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Togo.

The recall of youngster Harry Kane from his loan spell at Norwich is unlikely to be enough for disgruntled fans.

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