AVB not optimistic over Moutinho

Spurs are renowned for their last-minute forays into the

transfer market. Last season they snapped up Scott Parker on

deadline day and the year before they made a sensational swoop for

Rafael van der Vaart.

Moutinho was expected to be the focus of their attention on

deadline day tomorrow, but Tottenham appear unlikely to sign the

25-year-old due to a 40million euro (?31.7million) release clause

in his contract.

“It’s an impossible deal for the club,” Villas-Boas told a press

conference.

“You have to bear in mind that this is a player with a 40million

euro release clause.

“This volume of money is out of Tottenham’s possibility.

“Bearing in mind that this is a key player for club and country,

you wouldn’t say that you would get him at half the price and half

the price is already bigger than Tottenham’s record fee.”

The Portuguese, who has added Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson,

Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor this summer, also appears

pessimistic about his chances of signing Brazil forward Willian

from Shakhtar Donetsk for the same reason.

“We had initial contact with Shakhtar, (who) again (are) a club

in a position with wealthy owners, (and are) not easy to deal

with,” Villas-Boas added.

“We can’t say that it’s over but we have approached the club and

at the moment it’s a deal that doesn’t seem to be happening.”

A last-minute bid for both players tomorrow cannot be ruled out

given Daniel Levy’s history of 11th-hour deals, but it is unclear

whether Porto or Shakhtar will be willing to drop their asking

price for the respective players.

What did become clear today is that Jermain Defoe is certain to

stay at White Hart Lane.

Defoe has been linked with a number of clubs after Spurs chased

a host of international strikers, but Villas-Boas has persuaded the

29-year-old that he is an integral part of his plans this term.

The former West Ham man, currently in his second spell at the

north London club, has signed a new three-year deal.

Of the players who could leave Spurs tomorrow, Van der Vaart is

the most high-profile.

Hamburg have bid around ?8million for Van der Vaart but

Villas-Boas has told the German club they must up their bid

significantly if they are to re-sign a player they sold to Real

Madrid in 2008.

“We have had interest from Hamburg, but an offer of that

dimension is not something the player deserves,” Villas-Boas

said.

“Tottenham should be respected as a club. (The transfer) doesn’t

seem to be happening.”

Villas-Boas confirmed his interest in signing Lyon goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris, with whom the Londoners have been in contact regularly

for the last week or so.

“We are very comfortable with our goalkeepers, (but) we can take

into account that there is a future that we have to prepare for,”

said the Spurs boss, whose current first choice, Brad Friedel, is

41.

“In that sense we have studied possibilities in that position as

well and throughout the goalkeepers available, Hugo is one of the

best.”

Villas-Boas’ plans for the season were dealt a major blow today

when Younes Kaboul was ruled out for between three and four months

after undergoing knee surgery.

The France defender excelled for the Londoners last term and was

seen as Villas-Boas’ first-choice centre-back – a stance which

seemingly left Michael Dawson with no future at Spurs.

The club captain held talks with QPR but decided against moving

to the west London outfit, but they may rekindle their interest

tomorrow.

Kaboul’s injury may mean the England centre-back remains at

White Hart Lane even though Villas-Boas confirmed that he already

knew Kaboul could be sidelined for some time when he told Dawson he

was free to talk to QPR.

When asked whether he would consider a bid for Dawson,

Villas-Boas replied: “I don’t think so.

“We have known about this possibility (that Kaboul would be

ruled out) for quite some time. It was even in the discussions I

had with Michael.

“At the moment that leaves us with four (fit) central defenders,

so we are happy with the situation as it stands.

“It is a massive blow to lose Younes.”