Tottenham Agree £24m Deal With Porto To Sign Playmaker Joao Moutinho

Portuguese schemer to discuss terms with Spurs.

Tottenham are reportedly close to signing Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho after agreeing a £24m fee with Porto.

The 25-year-old is due to fly to England on Thursday to discuss personal terms and complete a medical.

Pass-master Moutinho was identified at the beginning of the summer as new head-coach Andre Villas-Boas’ top target but a deal looked unlikely, with Porto demanding £30m for the star.

With Friday’s transfer deadline fast approaching, it is understood the Portuguese club have lowered their demands, with Spurs set to pay around £18m up-front with the remainder in add-ons.

Moutinho starred for Portugal at this summer’s Euro 2012 and the 25-year-old’s arrival comes days after the north Londoners agreed to sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid for £33m.

Villas-Boas is hopeful that the playmaker will sign in time to feature in an all new central midfield pairing against Norwich on Saturday, alongside fellow new-boy Moussa Dembele and Brazilian enforcer Sandro.

Meanwhile, Rafael van der Vaart is heading closer to a White Hart Lane exit after Spurs told the forward it is up to him whether he stays at the club or re-signs for Bundesliga outfit Hamburg, who have agreed a £14m deal with the Lilywhites.

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