White Hart Lane boss pursued Old Trafford star, only to be told by his own board they were not going to make approach.
TOTTENHAM’s transfer dealings in the latest window have exposed early tension in the relationship between manager Andre Villas-Boas and the White Hart Lane board.
Sunday Express Sport can reveal that some of the summer signings were not driven by Villas-Boas – the Portuguese boss even being overruled on some of his targets.
Not only did chairman Daniel Levy take a leading role in who came in and who went out of the club but billionaire owner Joe Lewis also had a major say, leaving Villas-Boas frustrated.
Villas-Boas believes that the lateness of Luka Modric’s much protracted £30million move to Real Madrid affected the chances of signing his main target, Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho.
In the end a club record bid of £22m and some 11th-hour haggling wasn’t enough to bring the player to North London.
It’s understood that Villas-Boas was keen on Manchester United midfielder Anderson but was instead pushed in the direction of Fulham’s Mousa Dembele.
SOURCE: Daily Express
Andre Villas-Boas may well feel his position at White Hart Lane is already under threat. Having seen his North London side pick up just two points from their opening three Premier League matches the Portuguese boss appears to have little say in whom Tottenham recruited this summer.
This source states that the additions of both Moussa Dembele and Hugo Lloris from Fulham and Lyon respectively were not players the former Chelsea boss had personally targeted.
Villas-Boas may well have wanted Man United midfielder Anderson, and could perhaps have lured Sir Alex Ferguson into selling the Brazilian, only it seems that the Tottenham board were not interested in making the move their boss had suggested.
If results do not improve then the Tottenham boss may well feel he is fighting a losing war against the very employers who brought him in to replace Harry Redknapp just a few short months ago.
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