Ex-Spurs boss wanted Hulk, Moutinho, Villa

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas reportedly made it clear to chairman Daniel Levy that he didn't want four of their summer signings, asking for different targets before ultimately being made to work with what he was given.

Villas-Boas is thought to have told Levy to go after former Porto colleagues Hulk and Joao Moutinho plus Barcelona striker David Villa as he began to make plans for Gareth Bale's departure to Real Madrid, but didn't have the final say and saw Spurs search for new players elsewhere.

As Spurs implemented wholesale changes to their playing squad during the close season Villas-Boas was happy with to sign Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Roberto Soldado, but thought the rest of their summer business left something to be desired.

Levy and technical director were responsible for the acquisitions of Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen and pressed ahead with £56m worth of business despite objections from the manager, according to the Daily Mail.

Discontent over where Spurs spent their £110m warchest last summer is thought to have been one of the driving forces behind Villas-Boas leaving the club by mutual consent on Monday morning, with a string of under-performing stars unable to save their boss after a crushing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Spurs have put Tim Sherwood in caretaker charge with Villas-Boas dismissed for last night's League Cup quarter-final against London rivals West Ham United, but a change in regime and formation was not enough to stop them slipping to a dramatic late 2-1 defeat.

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