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Spurs priced out of Moutinho deal, says Villas-Boas

Published on Aug 17, 2012 12:23 PM

CHIGWELL, England (REUTERS) - Tottenham Hotspur have dropped their interest in signing Porto's Joao Moutinho because the Portugal midfielder is too expensive, the Premier League club's new manager Andre Villas-Boas said.

Spurs are looking to replace play-maker Luka Modric, who is likely to join Real Madrid later this month, but Moutinho is not an option despite having worked under Villas-Boas at Porto.

"The level of expectation of Porto over (the price) is difficult," Villas-Boas told reporters at the Tottenham training ground ahead of Saturday's league opener at Newcastle United.

"Porto sell expensive but they sell a good product. They have pride in defending that kind of ground." Asked if Spurs would be able to sign Moutinho, Villas-Boas added: "No I think it's very difficult."

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