Zenit St Petersburg Now Chasing Tottenham Target Joao Moutinho

Russian club want to continue spending spree with bid for playmaker.

Mega-rich Russian club Zenit St Petersburg want to continue their spending spree with a bid for Tottenham target Joao Moutinho, according to a Russian football expert.

Zenit, splashed the cash over the weekend, landing Porto striker Hulk and Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel for a combined £64m.

The Russians now want to continue their assault on the Portuguese Primiera Liga by landing Moutinho, also of Porto.

Former Porto coach Andre Vilas-Boas, now boss at White Hart Lane, is a huge fan of Moutinho and the 25-year-old nearly joined Tottenham in a £30m deadline day deal, before the move broke down over the player’s wage demands.

It is thought Spurs may return for a fresh approach in January but Russia Today sports reporter, Alexey Yaroshevsky told talkSPORT that Zenit want to sign the Portugal international before the Russian transfer window closes in two days time.

The news would come as a blow to Villas-Boas, who cannot now add to his Tottenham squad until the new year.

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