United eye Portuguese ace

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Manchester United are thought to be weighing up a move for Portugal star Joao Moutinho, according to the Daily Star.

The Porto star is reportedly a target for the Red Devils after they turned their attention away from Spurs ace Luka Modric. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are believed to have been put off by the Croatian's high transfer fee - Spurs are thought to be looking for at least £40million.

Moutinho would likely be available at a much cheaper price, and reports suggest United have made informal inquires about the Portugal international.

But Moutinho is a target for Spurs as well, who are thought to see the Porto midfielder as the ideal replacement should they fail to hold onto Modric. Real Madrid and Chelsea are still interested in the Spurs star, and should the former Dinamo Zagreb player move on, Tottenham are reportedly ready to turn to Moutinho.

The Portugal midfielder praised Andre Villas-Boas last week, and the former-Chelsea boss is widely expected to be appointed at White Hart Lane in the next few days.

And Moutinho enjoyed an excellent Euro 2012 with Portugal, shining along with Cristiano Ronaldo for his country as they reached the semi-finals. Paulo Bento's side eventually crashed out to eventual champions Spain, but Moutinho's stock has risen considerably after a number of assured displays in the centre of midfield.

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