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Spurs to snatch playmaker after swap meet gone wrong?

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Even though Andre Villas-Boas has departed, the Fredy Guarin rumors will never die.

Valerio Pennicino

When Andre Villas-Boas was manager of Tottenham Hotspur, it seemed that the club's endless pursuit of Inter Milan playmaker Fredy Guarin had a lot to do with AVB wanting to reunite with one of his FC Porto stars. Well, AVB's long gone, but it seems like Spurs still have some interest. Cue Football Italia.

Napoli, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with possible bids, but Spurs are now the latest side to try and make the most of the situation.

Sport Mediaset believe that Tim Sherwood's men are willing to table a €10m offer for Guarin.

That, in theory, would allow Etienne Capoue to leave White Hart Lane, with Napoli a possible destination for the France international.

Capoue is pretty much a pure DM while Guarin is a playmaking midfielder who is best playing next to a DM, but whatever. We'll forgive you.

There were negotiations between Juventus and Inter that would have seen Guarin switch places with Mirko Vucinic, but new Inter owner Erick Thohir axed the deal. Guarin's pissed and has wanted to leave seemingly since the second he arrived in Milan.

I don't really get the idea of buying a player who is Lewis Holtby without any defensive work rate. Why not just play Lewis Holtby?