Tottenham boss rules out move for Arsenal striker target David Villa

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out making a late swoop for Arsenal striker target David Villa.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Barcelona forward throughout the January transfer window, and are reportedly trying to get the deal done before the close of the window this evening.

Spurs were briefly linked with a move for the 31-year-old - who is said to be unhappy at his lack of game time since returning from a broken leg at the start of the season -  but now appear to be focusing their efforts on landing Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao.

Speaking after Spurs' 1-1 draw with Norwich last night, Villas-Boas shrugged off questions about a potential late move for Villa. 

The Portuguese boss said: “No, I don’t think so. That’s completely unreal at the moment.”

Tottenham have so far completed the signings of Schalke's Lewis Holtby, who made his debut at Carrow Road last night, and Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege. Villas-Boas says it is unlikely he will be welcoming any more new players to White Hart Lane before the window slams shut this evening.

"It finishes tomorrow, thankfully," he said. “We look to be quiet in the market. It’s not impossible that a couple of things happen. It’s highly unlikely.

“We need to add quality to the squad and our quality to the squad is keeping the players we have now and Lewis [Holtby] arriving.”

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