Tottenham Transfers: Spurs Target Chelsea's Meireles, Reportedly out on Moutinho

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2012

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Andre Villas-Boas manager of Chelsea celebrates victory with Raul Meireles after the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on January 2, 2012 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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It looks like Andre Villas-Boas has turned his sights away from one former player and toward another.

According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham's new manager has ended his pursuit of Porto midfielder João Moutinho and is actively pursuing Chelsea's Raul Meireles.

AVB knows both Moutinho and Meireles from his time at Porto and Chelsea, respectively. In fact, both were brought into their respective clubs under AVB's reign.

The pursuit of both players is clearly an attempt to bolster the side's creative force, which is set to take a major hit with the impending sale of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

Moutinho was clearly the top target for Spurs to replace Modric, with the player expressing his respect for the new manager and Villas-Boas expressing his desire to sign the player.

However, the Mirror has suggested that the £30 million price tag Porto put on the midfielder might be too steep for Spurs.

In an interview on the topic, AVB said:

On Moutinho, I have experience of Porto - it is a club that sells expensive, but they sell a good product.

They have a pride on defending that kind of brand. They know what sells from them triumphs at other clubs.

It has been like that with numerous amounts of players and that is why it is very difficult.

Now, the quote does not do much to suggest that Tottenham is stopping their pursuit of Moutinho. Further, such a suggestion could be a bargaining tool by AVB as he waits for the money from Modric's transfer to arrive.

Add on to this that this is not being reported anywhere but the Mirror and that Moutinho just today said that he would be tempted by an offer to come to White Hart Lane (per Metro), and one is right to be skeptical on the report.

Still, any and all developments on the situation could be important hints about the future of this potential move.

Meanwhile, AVB's pursuit of Meireles makes quite a bit of sense. Last summer, Villas-Boas signed the Portuguese player for Chelsea in a deadline-day transfer for just £12 million. With Meireles becoming slightly disgruntled and falling out of favor at Stamford Bridge after AVB's sacking, the Blues could be open to the deal.

With Modric gone, Spurs could do with both Meireles and Moutinho in the middle of the park.

Hopefully, both can find a home at White Hart Lane.

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