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Rumours Claim Spurs Trying to Clinch January Moutinho Deal

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Joao Moutinho of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18: Joao Moutinho of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Yay, we have some baseless transfer rumours back in the building! Today's comes via The Metro, which claims that despite a deadline day failing to sign Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho, Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy are working to complete the signing for the January window.

Although sources aren't linked, The Metro does give a tasty idea of how Spurs might clinch a potential transfer early:

"Spurs are still willing to pay £25 million, and will give Porto extra if they sign an exclusivity contract, giving Villas-Boas the first option to buy Moutinho when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year."

We haven't seen many excluvisity contracts given in transfer negotiations, but it would be a way to get in Moutinho early in January for a potential move, rather than facing another bidding war and transfer deadline hand-wringing. The Metro further claims that Chairman Levy will fly to Porto within the next two weeks to finish the deal.

Obviously, after August's saga Moutinho is a well-known player, and he would have a major impact at Spurs. But do you think this is really happening, or just more speculation from the tabloids? Sound off below: