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AVB Says Loic Remy Not Joining Tottenham And Deals For Joao Moutinho And Willian Are Unlikely

Boss denies speculation linking Spurs will flurry of late deals.

Villas-Boas has firmly denied Tottenham are targeting a late deal for Remy.

He told a press conference: “There was massive speculation today with Remy and that’s not the case.”

Asked if he could absolutely confirm that the France international will not be coming to Tottenham, Villas-Boas replied: “Yes.”

Another player to have been heavily linked with Spurs this summer is Porto’s star playmaker Joao Moutinho.

But Villas-Boas admits the 25-year-old Portugal international could be out of Tottenham’s price range.

He said: “I’ve spoken about this player before. Porto is an extremely difficult club to deal with and I think the players’ value is over what Tottenham can afford.”

The manager says a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacking midfielder Willian also appears unlikely after initial talks.

“We had initial contact with Shakhtar,” added Villas-Boas. “Again, Shakhtar is a wealthy club with a wealthy owner and not easy to deal with.

“‘We have approached the club and the player with contacts and at the moment it doesn’t seem to be happening.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Spurs fan who were getting overexcited about a triple deal for Moutinho, Remy and Willian…think again.

After intense speculation that the Londoners were on the verge of a sensational triple announcement, head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has brought supporters back down to earth with a bang by admitting none of the deals are likely to happen.

The Portuguese also confirmed that Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wasn’t close to joining, despite reports to the contrary.

It’s possible of course that the tactician has taken a leaf out of his predecessor’s book. Harry Redknapp was famous for denying transfer rumours that were about to happen, the best example being when he claimed there was no truth in reports that Carlo Cudicini was set to join the club, hours before a deal for the Italian was officially confirmed.

Another possibility is that Villas-Boas has no idea what’s going on when it comes to transfers. There is certainly a school of thought that suggests Spurs chairman Daniel Levy acts as a kind of director of football, picking cost effective targets and doing all the negotiating with other clubs personally.

Either way, don’t be surprise if one of these deals does eventually come off, although it’s equally likely that Levy will pull a rabbit out of the hat as he did with the £8m signing of Rafa van der Vaart from Real Madrid two years ago.

Watch this space.


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