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Tottenham to Appoint Villas-Boas Before Launching Bids for Chelsea and FC Porto Stars

by The Newshound

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Daniel Sturridge

White Hart Lane side target two new additions.

Andre Villas-Boas will make signing Porto star Joao Moutinho his No.1 target if he takes charge of Tottenham as expected next week.

Villas-Boas is set to be confirmed as the new manager at Spurs, who sacked Harry Redknapp earlier this month.

The 34-year-old has spoken with chairman Daniel Levy over his plans and ideas for the club as part of the interview process and knows that he will probably have to find a replacement for Luka Modric.

Villas-Boas is believed to already have a replacement in mind and wants to be reunited with Moutinho.

The former Chelsea coach signed Moutinho from Sporting Lisbon when he was Porto coach in 2010 and he played a key role in winning the Portuguese League and Cup, as well as the Europa League that season.

Villas-Boas wanted to buy the Portugal international after he took charge of Chelsea last summer, but Porto refused to sell.

It will still be difficult for Tottenham to prise Moutinho, who impressed for Portugal during their run to the semi-finals at Euro 2012, away as he has three years left on his contract.

The 25-year-old also has a £35m buy-out clause, although Spurs will obviously be able to fund such a transfer should they receive a large fee for Modric.

Villas-Boas will also consider making a move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge with the forward’s future at Stamford Bridge already uncertain, even before the potential arrival of Hulk.

SOURCE: Evening Standard

Speculation is rife that Andre Villas-Boas is close to being named new Tottenham boss, so much so that the White Hart Lane side are already being linked to targets that the young Portuguese manager wants to bring to the North London club the moment he arrives.

A move for a Luka Modric replacement seems sensible as there is a very good chance that the Croatian international will get the exit he is looking for, with Real Madrid said to be the most likely side to win the race for the 26 year old.

Joao Moutinho has impressed during Portugal’s run to the Euro 2012 semi-finals but would Tottenham really look to spend as much as £35m for the FC Porto man? Seems a steep price.

Andre Villas-Boas showed great faith in Daniel Sturridge during his brief spell at Stamford Bridge and given that Roberto Di Matteo didn’t show as much belief in the England man a move to Tottenham may appeal to the striker.

Though Villas-Boas did opt to play the former Man City man in a wide role he could look to bring in the 22 year old to boost Tottenham’s threadbare attack that currently includes just one recognised striker, namely Jermain Defoe.

Di Matteo left Sturridge out of much of last season’s big matches, including both Barcelona semi-final ties and the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

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