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Real Betis vice-chairman Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has admitted he would like to sign Tottenham star Lucas Moura but admits a deal would be difficult.

Moura joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in January for a reported fee in the region of £25 million.

After intiailly struggling to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans, Moura began to feature more regularly towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign and played a starring role for Tottenham in pre-season.

After scoring twice and impressing in a 4-1 friendly win over AS Roma, Moura was handed a start in Spurs’ Premier League opener against Newcastle United.

Tottenham won the game 2-1 but Moura was arguably the most uninspiring of the team’s attacking players.

The 26-year-old has subsequently been linked with a move to Real Betis, and Ferrer has suggested he would be interested in signing both Moura and Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario.

“They [Lucas Moura and Joao Mario] are two great footballers and if we have possibilities we would like to have them. But we have to be realistic and know what we can do,” Ferrer told El Desmarque (translated by football.london).

“We try to distribute the economic potential well in order to try to reinforce and improve the workforce.

“We have made six additions, replacing players that last year performed very well, with a brilliant goal, and we think we have improved. It will be difficult to match what we did last year.”

I don’t think Spurs will allow Moura to leave before the European transfer window closes on August 31st.

With Heung-Min Son away with South Korea at the Asian Games, Moura could prove to be a vital squad player in the comings weeks.

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