Long term White Hart Lane target demands FC Porto exit.
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Joao Moutinho has taken a step closer to joining Tottenham, The Metro understands.
The 26-year-old, who almost joined Spurs last summer has apparently demanded to leave the Portuguese giants after seeing the side crash out of the Champions League to Malaga this week.
A £25 million pound deal had been agreed on transfer deadline day in August but the move stalled as the necessary paperwork could not be completed in time.
Russian club, Zenit St Petersburg, along with several unnamed Italian sides enquired about the Portuguese international, but it is thought that he remains keen to link up with former manager, Andre Villa-Boas with whom he enjoyed quadruple cup successes in 2010/11.
The fee is likely to remain the same, but Spurs will have extra funds available due to the sale of players such as Heurelho Gomes, Danny Rose, John Bostock, Bongani Khumalo and David Bentley. William Gallas is also unlikely to be offered a new contract and there speculation over Emanuel Adebayor’s future.
The midfielder joined Porto from rivals Sporting Lisbon in 2010 and has made 112 appearances during that time, scoring 24 goals.
Porto president Pinto Da Costa has reluctantly granted Moutinho his wish of a move, but refuses to stand down on the price.