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Tottenham told Miralem Pjanic won"t move before the summer

Spurs bid for Pjanic on ice as agent rules out switch from Roma until the summer

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06:36 GMT, 23 November 2012

Tottenham's hopes of signing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic have been dealt a blow with the player's agent ruling out a switch before the season is out.

Spurs had hoped to lure the Bosnian to White Hart Lane in January, having failed to add him to their ranks during the last transfer window.

The 22-year-old, who moved to the Italian capital in 2011, was seen as an integral part of Luis Enrique's plans when the Spaniard took over that summer, but after the manager's brief tenure came to an end, the attacking midfielder failed to kick on.

Hot for Spurs: Miralem Pjanic is wanted by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Hot for Spurs: Miralem Pjanic is wanted by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

Pjanic, who has scored twice in his last two appearances, is valued at around 12million – 3m more than they paid Lyon for his services – and Roma are confident they can attract that sort of figure at the end of the season.

As a result, his agent, Michele Gerbino, said: 'It is difficult to see Miralem moving during the season but we will look at the sums at the end of the season.'

The move for Pjanic was part of the grander plan to rescue Spurs' ailing Champions League qualification hopes, with their defeat to Arsenal fourth in a row in the Premier League.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign a left-back, central attacking midfielder and a striker at the turn of the year, with Willian, Christian Eriksen, Alex Dzagoev and Joao Moutinho all on the hitlist.

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Spurs set to miss out on Joao Moutinho

Spurs could lose out to moneybags PSG in 22m race for playmaker Moutinho

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07:49 GMT, 24 October 2012

Playmaker: Porto's Joao Moutinho

Playmaker: Porto's Joao Moutinho

Tottenham are set to miss out on top
target Joao Moutinho after the Porto playmaker had a change of heart
over a potential January move to White Hart Lane.

Moneybags Paris Saint-Germain now lead
the race for the 26-year midfielder despite interest from Russian
champions Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas had wanted to sign Moutinho during the summer.

But a 22m deal collapsed on deadline day amid wrangling over the player's wages and administrative errors.

Villas-Boas hoped to make a renewed effort to sign the Portugal international in the
next transfer window but the former Sporting Lisbon ace is now eager to
play for a club in the Champions League.

Moutinho could earn in excess of 150,000-a-week at Paris Saint-Germain or Zenit.

The French club have made contact with Moutinho's representatives over a
January deal, although a transfer could be put on hold until next
summer depending on Porto's progress in the Champions League.

Portugal's Joao Moutinho (front R) battles for the ball with Northern Ireland's Steven Davis

Portugal's Joao Moutinho (front R) battles for the ball with Northern Ireland's Steven Davis

Moutinho's agent, Pini Zahavi, has also tried to broker a deal with Barcelona but the Spanish giants are blessed with a wealth of creative talent and will not consider a bid.

Mousa Dembele has been used by Spurs as a playmaker this season but Villas-Boas wants another midfielder to bolster his options, with Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian still on the club's radar.

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Portugal 1 Northern Ireland 1 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo wins 100th cap

Portugal 1 Northern Ireland 1: McGinn spoils Ronaldo party as O'Neill's men secure superb point

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22:40 GMT, 16 October 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo reached a personal milestone but was upstaged by a winger of distinctly humbler standing, as Northern Ireland came within 10 minutes of a result to compare with any in their history, here in the Estadio do Dragao.

Ronaldo loooked earmarked for a pivotal role, on his 100th Portugal appearance, but was left staring at a humiliating defeat after Niall McGinn, freed by Celtic in the summer and snapped up by Aberdeen on a two-year contract, fired Northern Ireland into a shock 30th-minute lead.

Breaking the deadlock: Niall McGinn scores the opening goal past Rui Patricio

Breaking the deadlock: Niall McGinn scores the opening goal past Rui Patricio

Oh, happy days: Kyle Lafferty grabs McGinn in front of the Northern Irish faithful

Oh, happy days: Kyle Lafferty grabs McGinn in front of the Northern Irish faithful

Match facts

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira (Eder 74), Bruno Alves, Pepe, Miguel Lopes (Ruben Amorim 46), Veloso, Ruben Micael (Varela 61), Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Postiga. Subs not used: Eduardo, Nelson, Custodio, Pizzi, Nelson Oliveira, Sereno, Luis Neto, Beto.

Scorer: Postiga 79.

Northern Ireland: Carroll, McGivern, Cathcart, Jonathan Evans, Hughes, Baird, Davis, Corry Evans, McGinn, Norwood, Kyle Lafferty. Subs not used: Mannus, Hodson, Shiels, Healy, McCourt, Danny Lafferty, Grigg, Carson, McGovern.

Booked: Hughes.

Scorer: McGinn 30.

Referee: Thorsten Kinhoefer (Germany).

Former Tottenham striker Helder Postiga
finally rescued his side with a scrambled 80th-minute equaliser, but
there was no denying Northern Ireland's right to a point that dented
Portugal's qualification hopes and made a mockery of the 114 places
between the nations in the latest FIFA rankings.

Portugal were made to look
third-rate, rather than third best in the world, by a disciplined,
determined Northern Ireland side marshalled expertly by a brilliant
exhibition of poise and flawless positioning by an inspired Jonny Evans.

Even though Postiga's close-range
leveller denied Northern Ireland a famous victory, there was enough
about the result and performance to leave manager Michael O'Neill
beaming: 'It's for others to say where that ranks alongside what has
happened in the past, but I'm just immensely proud of the effort all the
players put in.

'Everyone played their part, from
Niall scoring a goal worthy of winning the game to Jonny, who looked
like he could slot into any team in the world.

Fans' favourite: Portuguese supporters show their appreciation of Cristiano Ronaldo

Fans' favourite: Portuguese supporters show their appreciation of Cristiano Ronaldo

'I have had Jonny for four games now,
and he has been a joy to work with. He is going to be a leader of men,
within any team he plays for. I have seen that recently with his
performances for Manchester United, and I thought his composure on the
ball and leadership qualities were fantastic.

'The boys are actually very
disappointed they only drew the game, after coming so close to winning.
We knew we would have to defend for our lives at times, and that was the
case in the second half. But then they showed so much character again
to hold on for a point at the end.'

Level pegging: Helder Postiga broke Northern Irish hearts

Level pegging: Helder Postiga broke Northern Irish hearts

Ronaldo's century of appearances was
marked in fitting style. A giant banner, draped over the upper tier of a
stand, hailed him as the best in the world and stretched from one
penalty area to the other, while his 100th cap was presented before
kick-off and doffed to all corners.

Eager though he was to remain the centre of attention, his former Old Trafford colleague Evans had other ideas.

It never rains: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a downpour in Porto

It never rains: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a downpour in Porto

The United centre-back was imperious
at the heart of Northern Ireland's defence, stretching to cut out a
dangerous Nani cross early on, timing tackles to perfection and showing
remarkable composure in possession.

Repeatedly, he had the self-assurance
to play his way out of trouble, rather than simply clear his lines, and
it led to a 30th-minute breakthrough that stunned a capacity home
crowd.

On the run: Nani escapes the attentions of Oliver Norwood

On the run: Nani escapes the attentions of Oliver Norwood

Surrounded by opponents near the
centre circle, Evans expertly evaded all attempts to disposses him and
slid a pass into the path of Kyle Lafferty. When Lafferty immediately
relayed it to McGinn, the Aberdeen winger was suddenly in on goal for an
opportunity he finished with aplomb.

As Rui Patricio raced from his line,
McGinn clipped a shot beyond him, before sprinting to take the acclaim
of a 1,300-strong travelling support near the corner flag.

Jump to it: Postiga vies with Jonny Evans and keeper Roy Carroll

Jump to it: Postiga vies with Jonny Evans and keeper Roy Carroll

It said much for Northern Ireland's
highly-effective containing job that the closest Portugal came to a
first-half goal was when Craig Cathcart inadvertently volleyed a Joao
Pereira cross against his own bar in the 36th minute.

Sensing the group may be slipping
away from them, after Russia beat Azerbaijan earlier in the day,
Portugal finally found some urgency in the second half, but still left
Roy Carroll untested until the 59th minute.

Clearing his lines: Bruno Alves makes no mistake

Clearing his lines: Bruno Alves makes no mistake

The Olympiacos keeper was up to the
task, as he instinctively stuck out a boot to block a low shot from
Ronaldo, following a right-wing cross by Nani.

Cathcart was living dangerously at
times and went perilously close to an own goal again in the 63rd minute,
slicing an attempted clearance and seeing the ball loop over Carroll
and land on the roof of the net.

Ganging up: Lafferty skips away from three Portuguese

Ganging up: Lafferty skips away from three Portuguese

Mounting home pressure at last
yielded its reward in the 80th minute, as substitute Varela headed back a
deep cross and Postiga forced the ball home from close range.

Portugal may claim their improved
second half performance merited as much, but one thing was beyond
dispute. Northern Ireland had thoroughly deserved any luck that went
their way.

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Joao Moutinho says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas "one of the best"

Moutinho paves way for possible January move as he calls Spurs boss Villas-Boas 'one of the best coaches in Europe'

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11:39 GMT, 13 September 2012

Porto star Joao Moutinho has called Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas ‘one of the best coaches in Europe’.

There has been speculation that Spurs will try to sign the Portugal international in January, after trying to sign him over the summer.

Joao Moutinho

Andre Villas-Boas

Praise: Joao Moutinho (left) has hailed Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas (right)

A potential 22million deal collapsed on transfer deadline day, with the player now saying he is focused on Porto.

Moutinho told The Mirror: 'Tottenham is not in my head now, although I was flattered by the interest, especially by the coach. Andre Villas-Boas is one of the best coaches in Europe.

'The transfer window is closed but now I am focused on Porto and prefer not to talk about something which may or may not happen.

'Porto is a club which offers maximum stability to help me show my best level. I cannot talk about anything else until that changes.'

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Nani"s Zenit Saint Petersburg move foiled by wage demands

Nani switch to Zenit derailed by Man United winger's 'unreal' wage demands

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21:45 GMT, 6 September 2012

Nani's ‘unreal’ wage demands have wrecked any chance of the Manchester United winger moving to Zenit St Petersburg this summer.

The Russian club’s director-general Maxim Mitrofanov claimed on Thursday that the deal had hit a brick wall.

No deal: Nani will not move because of his wage demands

No deal: Nani will not move because of his wage demands

Nani has yet to agree a new deal at Old Trafford after asking for 130,000 a week.

Earlier Mitrofanov had said: 'It's true we are negotiating for Nani and Moutinho, but Hulk and (Axel) Witsel were our top priorities.'

The Russian side splashed 90million euros on Hulk and Witsel but would not stretch further to accommodate the winger's request.

Nani has become increasingly disillusioned with life at United after failing to agree a new contract and finding himself outside Sir Alex Ferguson's preferred line-up.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are ahead of Nani in the pecking order on the wings, while the arrivals of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa this summer have further shunted Nani away from the action.

The Portugal international was expected to sign a new deal this summer and cement his place as a key part of Ferguson's future plans.

New boy: Shinji Kagawa is getting more game-time than Nani

New boy: Shinji Kagawa is getting more game-time than Nani

But the 25-year-old has not managed to
find an agreement and sources close to the player have revealed that he
has been left feeling unwanted.

Nani was dropped following United's defeat at Everton in their opening match of the Barclays Premier League season and has not yet forced his way back in.

The former Benfica ace came off the bench to replace Kagawa with 29 minutes remaining in the 3-2 win at Southampton last Sunday in his only other appearance for United this season.

Up to him: Sir Alex Ferguson holds Nani's future in his hands

Up to him: Sir Alex Ferguson holds Nani's future in his hands

Tottenham fail to sign Joao Moutinho

Spurs foiled in bid to sign Moutinho as deal collapses over third-party ownership

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23:25 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Tottenham missed out on Joao Moutinho, despite agreeing what would have been a club-record fee of 20m plus add-ons with Porto.

Moutinho’s move suffered a setback
because of his 80,000-a-week salary in Portugal, which would have
catapulted the 25-year-old midfielder into the top tier of Tottenham’s
pay scale.

This was overcome and negotiations continued into the night but the clubs hit another snag, thought to be connected to a third-party investor, who owns 15 per cent of the player’s economic rights.

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Moutinho joined Andre Villas-Boas at
Porto two years ago when they paid 10m to Sporting Lisbon, who will
receive 25 per cent of any profit from future sales.

Villas-Boas was keen to take the
midfielder to White Hart Lane and it looked possible for most of the
day, only for the deal to break down just before the deadline.

Villas-Boas, like fellow managers
Martin Jol and Martin O'Neill, believes the transfer window should shut
before the start of the season to allow everyone to have a settled squad
by the time the campaign begins.

'The window should finish at the beginning of the season,' Villas-Boas said.

'It's extremely unfair for players, clubs and managers as they prepare for the beginning of the league.

Busy: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has added to his squad

Busy: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has added to his squad

'There has been a conversation about this between the managers in England but abroad, in UEFA Meetings (we have to) propose a closure before the league starts.

'I think it is something that makes sense and let's everyone focus on one direction. It's the same for everyone at the moment but it doesn't mean it's right.'

Joao Moutinho and Hugo Lloris deals agreed by Tottenham

Incoming! Spurs agree 22m fee for Moutinho and strike deal with Lyon for Lloris

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12:57 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Andre Villas-Boas is closing in on dream signing Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho for a club record 22million, and has agreed a deal with Lyon for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham will pick up 10.3m from Hamburg as they decided to sell playmaker Rafael van der Vaart on Friday morning and Moutinho is being targeted to fill the gap.

Moutinho operated under Villas-Boas while the manager was at Porto and it is not expected that his personal terms will cause any problems.

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Target: Tottenham have agreed a 22m fee for Joao Moutinho

Porto had previously demanded 30m for the creative midfielder but according to Goal.com the clubs have settled on this smaller fee.

Spurs have been working frantically on deadline day to the do the deal and the signs are positive.

Villas-Boas has hoped to get Moutinho all summer long and, alongside Mousa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson, will be part of a new look midfield.

Lyon's Lloris meanwhile is another long-term target and the clubs finally reached an accord after Tottenham agreed to restructure the deal and pay more up front.

Despite Spurs' last-minute deals, Villas-Boas has added his name to the growing list of managers who think the transfer window should close before the start of the season.

Although he signed Jan Vertonghen and Sigurdsson before the season started, Villas-Boas has only just been able to integrate Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor in to his squad after their recent arrivals.

Villas-Boas also had to contend with having an unhappy player at the club's training ground after Modric's move to Real Madrid dragged on to the point where the Croat was forced to train alone so his unhappiness did not affect the rest of the squad.

Top stopper: Hugo Lloris is on his way

Top stopper: Hugo Lloris is on his way

Villas-Boas, like fellow managers Martin Jol and Martin O'Neill, believes the transfer window should shut before the start of the season to allow everyone to have a settled squad by the time the campaign begins.

'The window should finish at the beginning of the season,' Villas-Boas said.

'It's extremely unfair for players, clubs and managers as they prepare for the beginning of the league.

'There has been a conversation about this between the managers in England but abroad, in UEFA Meetings (we have to) propose a closure before the league starts.

'I think it is something that makes sense and let's everyone focus on one direction. It's the same for everyone at the moment but it doesn't mean it's right.'

Hamburg agree Rafael van der Vaart deal with Tottenham worth 10m

Hamburg finally strike 10m deal with Tottenham for Dutch star Van der Vaart

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08:52 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Hamburg and Tottenham have agreed a 10.3m deal for Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.

The 29-year-old midfielder has long been linked with a return to his former club but the deal seemed to have stalled.

It is another name to add to the list of players that Andre Villas-Boas is pushing out of the door at White Hart Lane.

Deal: Hamburg have had a bid f or Rafael van der Vaart accepted

Deal: Hamburg have had a bid f or Rafael van der Vaart accepted

Previously Van der Vaart spoke about a potential return.

He said: 'I spent three years living in Hamburg and had a wonderful time at HSV. My wife Sylvie works there and we have many friends who live in your country [Germany].'

Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed in the summer and is a natural replacement to play behind the striker in Van der Vaart's favoured position.

Tottenham have boosted their midfield with the 15m purchase of Moussa Dembele from Fulham, but also lost Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

On Thursday night the club was in advance discussions with Porto over their midfield maestro Joao Moutinho.

Porto have stuck a 30m price tag on the player's head which is an obstacle, although Spurs have plenty of money given the combined fee for Modric and Van der Vaart is over 40m.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Porto is an extremely difficult club to deal with. I don’t think he (Moutinho) is a player we can afford.

‘I have never hidden that he is a player of tremendous qualities – there are only a few players who can come in straight away to a team and have a direct impact.

'Only world-class players do that and he is certainly one of them but it doesn’t mean it’s within our reach.’

Tottenham wants Alain Dzagoev to go with Willian

Tottenham chief Levy jets to Ukraine to land Willian as Dzagoev joins hitlist

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06:30 GMT, 28 August 2012

Daniel Levy has returned from a mission to Ukraine hopeful of landing Brazilian playmaker Willian.

A new offer is to be made to Shakhtar Donetsk as chairman Levy looks to complete a typically late Spurs transfer splurge.

He met senior officials at the club at the weekend and, although a bid has been rejected, Levy will make an increased offer as he seeks a replacement for Luka Modric.

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

That sale to Madrid triggered a day of frantic negotiating with clubs across the globe ahead of Friday night's transfer deadline.

Shakhtar have rejected an initial 11.8million bid from Spurs for 24-year-old Willian.

The Ukrainian outfit want a fee closer to the 20m mark but White Hart Lane chiefs are confident that a compromise can be reached.

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

The swoop for Willian isn't the only deal on the cards as the Tottenham hierarchy seek to improve their playing staff.

Sportsmail understands CSKA Moscow's attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev has emerged as a late target.

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Spurs have been quoted 25m for one of the stars of Euro 2012, and negotiations for the 22-year-old will continue today.

Tottenham have also enquired about Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele as they look to replace the creativity lost since Modric's departure.

Spurs are willing to use David Bentley or Jermaine Jenas as a makeweight in their attempts to land the Belgium star.

Andre Villas-Boas's first choice replacement for Croat Modric remains Joao Moutinho, but the White Hart Lane club are unwilling to match Porto's 30m asking price.

Tottenham are also interested in Manchester United midfielder Anderson and Yann M'Vila of Rennes.

Spurs also remain hot on the heels of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and are hopeful of bringing the France captain to the capital before Friday's deadline.

However, their move for Leandro Damiao looks like failing, with the Brazil and Internacional striker understood to be reluctant to move to England.

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Tottenham"s Daniel Levy jets to Ukraine in Willian pursuit

Tottenham chief Levy jets to Ukraine in hope of landing wantaway Willian

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 27 August 2012

Daniel Levy has returned from a mission to Ukraine hopeful of landing Brazilian playmaker Willian.

A new offer is to be made to Shakhtar Donetsk as chairman Levy looks to complete a typically late Spurs transfer splurge.

He met senior officials at the club at the weekend and, although a bid has been rejected, Levy will make an increased offer as he seeks a replacement for Luka Modric.

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

Wanted: Tottenham are hopeful of completing a deal for Willian

That sale to Madrid triggered a day of frantic negotiating with clubs across the globe ahead of Friday night's transfer deadline.

Shakhtar have rejected an initial 11.8million bid from Spurs for 24-year-old Willian.

The Ukrainian outfit want a fee closer to the 20m mark but White Hart Lane chiefs are confident that a compromise can be reached.

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

Target: Negotiations for Dzagoev (left) will continue on Tuesday

The swoop for Willian isn't the only deal on the cards as the Tottenham hierarchy seek to improve their playing staff.

Sportsmail understands CSKA Moscow's attacking midfielder Alan Dzagoev has emerged as a late target.

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Wishlist: Dembele could replace Modric

Spurs have been quoted 25m for one of the stars of Euro 2012, and negotiations for the 22-year-old will continue today.

Tottenham have also enquired about Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele as they look to replace the creativity lost since Modric's departure.

Spurs are willing to use David Bentley or Jermaine Jenas as a makeweight in their attempts to land the Belgium star.

Andre Villas-Boas's first choice replacement for Croat Modric remains Joao Moutinho, but the White Hart Lane club are unwilling to match Porto's 30m asking price.

Tottenham are also interested in Manchester United midfielder Anderson and Yann M'Vila of Rennes.

Spurs also remain hot on the heels of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and are hopeful of bringing the France captain to the capital before Friday's deadline.

However, their move for Leandro Damiao looks like failing, with the Brazil and Internacional striker understood to be reluctant to move to England.