Report: Joao Moutinho to Tottenham for £22 Million

Jeremy ClemmonsContributor IIIAugust 31, 2012

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JULY 28:  Joao Moutinho of FC Porto looks on during a Pre-Season friendly match between Valencia CF and FC Porto at Estadio Mestalla on July 28, 2012 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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In a stunning final-day transfer move, London club Tottenham Hotspur and new manager Andre Villas-Boas finally get their man: Joao Moutinho. 

Moutinho's previous club, FC Porto (Portugal), has originally demanded a much higher transfer fee of  £30 million, but it appears constructive talks between the two clubs brought the fee down to a reported  £20 million. 

The Portuguese midfielder move is a home run for Villas-Boas, who had a rather sizable gap to fill with the outgoing transfer of Luka Modric to Real Madrid and the impending departure of Rafael Van der Vaart (news is coming in that he will be moving to German club Hamburg).

Villas-Boas won the Portuguese domestic league and Europa League with Moutinho and FC Porto in 2010-2011 before the manager's infamous move to Chelsea last season. 

Moutinho will likely play alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson or Moussa Dembele in an attacking midfield role much as he has in Porto for the last several seasons.