Tottenham Hotspur boss makes personal check on £24m Portugal midfielder

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas is once again being linked with a move for FC Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

The Daily Mirror claims Spurs are ready to make a fresh £24 million bid for the player, who was close to moving to north London in the summer transfer window for a club record fee.

A move failed to materialise however, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey moving to White Hart Lane instead.

Villas-Boas made a personal check on the player on Tuesday night, travelling to France to watch Moutinho in a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Whenever Porto are close to the place where I am, I go see them. I went to see them last season against Manchester City and took the opportunity to go and see them again against PSG,” the Tottenham Hotspur is quoted as saying in the paper.

“It was a tiring trip, but good to see people that are important to me.”

Moutinho – a 40-cap Portugal international – played under AVB during the manager’s time in charge at the Estadio do Dragao, and would bolster the Spurs midfield further if he moved to the Premier League in the New Year.

Sandro, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone are all fighting the summer signings for places in the Tottenham Hotspur side, as Villas-Boas looks to form a squad capable of challenging for Champions League places.

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