It’s nearly a week since the transfer window closed in this country yet the papers are still talking about the late bid to bring Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho into White Hart Lane. With AVB reportedly fuming and Zenit st Petersburg set to pounce, could the Portuguese be forever seen as the ‘one that got away?’
By all accounts, the deal had been agreed at £20m but the issue of third party registration brought about the failure. There’s always January but will the player still be at Porto by this point? Alternatively, some of the transfer links to Spurs have been put into perspective by Hulk’s mega transfer to Zenit and for all the fuss over Leandro Damiao, the Internacional striker may well end up fetching a similar fee. Moutinho’s final price may not hit those heights but it could exceed to £20m that was reportedly agreed.
In January 2011, Spurs bid to bring Charlie Adam in to the club on deadline day also ran out of time – those who think the club aren’t aiming as high as the old regime should probably bear that in mind.