Tottenham plot sneaky swoop to steal United target

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Tottenham Hotspur look set to renew their interest in Manchester United target Fabio Coentrao, according to the Express.

The Real Madrid full-back was targeted by both clubs over the summer and only narrowly missed out on moving to Old Trafford on deadline day.

Reportedly the break down in negotiations left Coentrao in tears, as he was keen to move away from the Bernabeu, where he is struggling for any real game time.

And now it seems that Andre Villas-Boas could attempt to steal the Portuguese ace from under the noses of United, as he wants to improve his options in the left-back position, particularly in the wake of the injury to Danny Rose.

Coentrao is said to now be determined to prove his worth in Madrid, following the failure to agree to a move in the summer, but it's speculated that Villas-Boas believes he can lure away his compatriot in January.

His wage packet of £100,000-a-week could scupper Spurs' desires, but the 25-year-old will know that he needs to playing regularly to guarantee a place in Portugal's World Cup squad for 2014.

It's unclear yet as to whether or not David Moyes will re-enter the race in the winter transfer window.

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