Coentrao move reportedly not happening

Denis Doyle

It doesn't look like Tottenham Hotspur are going to get the left back they want.

According to John Cross of the Mirror, Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao looks unlikely to make a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Andre Villas-Boas is apparently pretty keen on the Portuguese international, but Real Madrid are blocking a move.

Here's what Cross said on The Mirror's deadline day liveblog:

"Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has had a last minute move for Fabio Coentrao knocked back by Real Madrid ... Coentrao wanted to leave and Spurs were keen - particularly on a loan - as Villas-Boas does not rate Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Ancelotti said: 'I know that Fabio wants to play. But not all of the technical staff agree that he should leave. He is needed for the project.'"

If all we were offering was a loan for Coentrao and not a significant fee for a permanent deal, I can see why Real Madrid aren't too keen on letting him come to us. Obviously something might change if we pony up quite a bit of cash, but it's getting pretty late for that.

Anyone think this affects the potential loan move of Benoit Assou-Ekotto to QPR? Think another left back will come out of the woodwork?

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